Confirming that Naomi Judd died by suicide on Thursday, her daughter Ashley Judd explained that her mother’s deep mental illness locked her in a “lie,” usually believed by people in deep despair. Used to know – that everything is hopeless, that the pain will not end or that they are worthless, not loved and should not go on living.
The Judd family’s parents died on April 30 at the age of 76, a day before he and his eldest daughter Winona, who made up the beloved country music duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Was.
But somehow Naomi Judd, the legendary, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, couldn’t believe that anyone, including her country music peers, would think so highly of her, as Ashley Judd explained in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which aired on Thursday. “good Morning America.”
The “Double Jeopardy” actor also said that his mother “couldn’t hang on to” another day to be recognized by her peers.
Ashley Judd said, “What was going on inside him is the level of devastation.” “Because the barrier between the relationship in which they held him could not penetrate his heart and the lie that the disease told him was so reassuring.”
The lie that Naomi Judd’s unbelievable mental illness told her was “You’re not enough, you’re not loved, you’re not worthy,” Ashley Judd said, “Her brain hurt. It’s physical. hurt by.”
Ashley Judd also revealed that her mother had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The daughter was speaking from Tennessee, where she, her mother and sister are at home. She said she was living with her mother and discovered her mother’s body, a moment she said added to her grief and trauma.
Judd explained to Sawyer that the family was “uncomfortable” about saying much about how Naomi Judd died, but shared information about the firearm because they hoped it would eventually become public in other ways.
The Judd family’s unease in sharing this information echoes concerns among suicide prevention experts about disclosing too many details about a person’s suicide patterns. Experts say the prevalence of suicide descriptions and graphic images is known to increase the risk of other vulnerable, at-risk people committing suicide.
But on related issues, Ashley Judd said the family felt it was important to talk about her mother’s mental illness and to help people understand why deeply depressed people have trouble seeing outside of their pain. it occurs. Announcing her death on April 30, she and Winona Judd said they had lost her “to a mental illness.”
“When we are talking about mental illness, it is very important to be clear and differentiate between your loved one and the illness,” Ashley Judd continued. “It’s so real… it’s a lie, it’s barbaric.”
In the years before her death, the multiple Grammy Award-winning author and singer was open about her ongoing struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal depression in interviews and in her 2016 memoir, “River of Time: My Descent into Depression.” And How I Emerged “With Hope.”
While promoting his memoir, Judd told “Good Morning America” that his depression led to multiple psychiatric hospital stays and various drug combinations. Unfortunately, the “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer said she has been resistant to treatment.
Judd also told People that her depression made her “completely immobile” and unable to leave her home for weeks.
“Think about the worst day of your entire life – someone passed away, you lost your job, you found out you were being betrayed, that your child had a rare disease – you had them all. can take together and put them together and that’s what depression feels like,” Naomi Judd told PEOPLE.
Judd also told how his illness made him think that ending his life would cure his family. She said: “It’s incomprehensible, but I thought, ‘Of course my family would know I was in a lot of pain and thought they wanted me to end that pain (through suicide)’ I’ll give it.”
Experts say that people who feel suicidal are usually overwhelmed by painful feelings and see death as the only way out. They lose sight of the fact that suicide is a permanent “solution” for a temporary condition, according to an online information page of UC Santa Cruz’s counseling and psychology services.
In fact, most people who attempt suicide but survive later say they are glad they didn’t, and that most people who die by suicide could have been helped, Page said.
Suicide prevention experts also say there are general warning signs for people at risk of suicide, and that they should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or other crisis hotline if they or someone they know shows any of these symptoms. Is.
Signs include: talking about wanting to die or kill oneself; looking for a way to kill himself; and expressing feelings of hopelessness, being trapped in unbearable pain, having no reason to live, or becoming a burden to others. Other symptoms may include increased mood swings, increased agitation or anger, increased alcohol or drug use, reckless behavior, sleeping too much or too little, or feeling isolated.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). People can also text “Strength” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.