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River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  71 reviews

Naomi Judd's life as a country music superstar has been nonstop success. But offstage, she has battled incredible adversity. Struggling through a childhood of harsh family secrets, the death of a young sibling, and absent emotional support, Naomi found herself reluctantly married and an expectant mother at age seventeen. Four years later, she was a single mom of two, who
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Published December 6th 2016 by Center Street
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Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Judd's description of her traumatic early life, repressed memories and later depression and anxiety were poignant, brave and honest. As a member of a dysfunctional family myself, this book was inspirational. The last chapter of the book was especially helpful as Ms. Judd generously shared her coping and healing mechanisms. While we all can't pay for frequent massages and host large dinner parties, Ms. Judd offers more reasonable alternatives (e.g. free classes and concerts, mild exercise). T ...more
Kerry Murtagh Ramsay
While it’s always useful to have narratives to help people understand depression and anxiety, this one is quite flawed. Ms Judd talks about her treatment resistant depression, but she does not follow through with treatments that are showing results. Her remarkable recovery with DBT leads to the question that she never asks: is she also diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder? BPD would explain quite a bit including why she does not experience much relief from medications.

Less important i
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is a well-known country music star who has battled severe depression and anxiety. I think this book would be very helpful to those who want to learn more about depression and anxiety and also for those suffering from these disorders. It doesn't just relate a story but also offers helpful ideas to those with these disorders
The Book Girl
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has suffered from severe depression at points in my life. This book was very healing in some ways.

When you are a celebrity talking about mental illness isn't pretty. Being an advocate for mental health is not an easy task. Every now and then people like Carrie Fisher and Naomi Judd come out of the woodwork and teach us that even when your life looks amazing, you might be struggling and fighting about no one can see.

This book is truly not for the weak or faint of heart. Judd brin
I had a lot of trouble with authenticity with this book. It started with a line that Naomi says something to the effect of "I was born Naomi Ellen Judd" when in fact she was born Diana. When something as simple as that is a lie, how much of the book can I believe?
Adria's Musings
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley/Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? To many, Naomi Judd is a superstar, one half of the country duo The Judds but River of Time isn’t about her life as a celebrity. It is more of a documentary about her life with treatment resistant depression and anxiety and Ms. Judd doesn
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for Representatives of Congress and Senators who don't think we need more funding for mental health. With candor and pain, this memoir describes Ms. Judd's descent into the darkness and ascent back out. Given her family history, it is remarkable what she achieved in her life.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The social stigma of panic disorder may be even worse than the social stigma of depression, and Naomi Judd was brave to tell about her experience with both in this book. Her upbringing and background would make a great country song, except it would be too sad to be believable. So many people admire her, and I'm glad that she has been open about her struggles both past and present. No one, not even a celebrity, has a life free of hardship and struggle.

However, unlike most people, Naomi has the t
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Don't dismiss Naomi just because she's in show business. She's also been a registered nurse for over 35 years. Moreover, she spares no physical or emotional detail of her ordeal: why would anyone make this stuff up? Naomi offers possibilities based on her own "climb out of hell on a steel ladder" (her words). Lots of useful source material here as well.
Debbie Shoulders
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A journey, though not for the faint of heart, through the hell that is anxiety and depression. Judd lays it out realistically and offers an unflattering picture of the medical community in the United States that doesn't really understand nor seem to care for those suffering from these diseases.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Quick read about Naomi's struggle with crippling anxiety and depression, which was deemed Treatment Resistant. Ms Judd is very honest and courageous about her journey and puts a public face on mental illness, which she hopes will help others.
Tanya T
I’m giving this book 3 stars because I think it has some very useful information for anyone who suffers from anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I have read Love Can Build A Bridge, an earlier auto biography by Naomi and Wynonna Judd. I’ve also read 2 of Wynonna’s autobiographies and 1 of Ashley’s. Reading all of these autobiographies has given me the feeling that Naomi is a bit of an OCD , control freak with Narcissistic tendencies. So why would I read this one? Because I was hoping for more ...more
Gato Negro
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book version of this, read by Naomi Judd herself. It was like a Psychology 101 and/or Ab. Psych. primer in parts! Naomi struck me as a smart, medically aware and astute, hard working, loving, and staunchly Christian person, which may, in addition to her family history, past experiences and personality, explain why she became so seriously depressed...she is too much of a "feeler" for this harsh world in which we live. I enjoyed her story even though it was very difficult a ...more
Fallon Mason
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful insight!

I have experienced mild depression, but nothing like what Naomi describes here. However, her book made me feel like you can overcome any adversity,no matter how severe. It reads as though you were having coffee and conversation with a friend. I loved her insight and thorough descriptions of everything she went through and also how the treatments either helped her or didn't. She was also very honest about her family, which can help many people who have difficulty of their own wi
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book as an audio book. From the beginning to end this book held my attention. Naomi's story is shared from the inside out. I listened to this book because of my connection with people who struggle with depression and other mental illnesses.

Naomi lives a public life with many people watching her every move. Behind the scenes she struggled for years with severe depression. Eventually in this book she gave everyone a look into her behind the scenes life.

If we are willing this boo
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Naomi Judd writes a very personal honest book about dealing with severe depression. For a few years she was struck very hard with depression. She writes about how it runs in her family and some family member who have committed suicide. She writes she was very close to doing the same thing on a bridge but stopped herself. She went through very intense times in hospitals trying to get off the strong medications she had become addicted to . I give her a lot of credit for being so honest about what ...more
Amy Morgan
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a very raw and brave story from Naomi Judd in response to her experience with treatment resistant anxiety and depression. This is a great story for anyone who suffers from anxiety and depression to read or even to help understand someone who does. Judd offers insight into her darkest times and what she did to overcome suicidal thoughts and deal with the daily struggle of simply surviving. She also share ...more
Kim Hampton
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful memoir from Naomi Judd about her long battle with treatment-resistant depression, and how she finally emerged a winner. I applaud her for her honesty about her traumatic childhood and early years, and about the daily struggles she faced as the depression continued to get worse. I loved the tips at the back of the book for anyone else who is suffering. I would recommend this to anyone who has depression or knows someone who does. It's a great look inside the mind of someone who knows ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a difficult book to read. It takes you down a spiral of extreme depression and hopelessness. This book really helped me understand more how everything that happens to us will make differences in how we deal with life later on. If we internalize traumas and pain it is like a poison to our system and will hurt us and our loved ones for the rest of our lives. The song "Love Will Build A Bridge" is wrong. It takes a lot more than feeling love. Love MUST take action. That is the only way tru ...more
April Williams
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book & well written. I enjoyed following along as Naomi told the story of her early childhood and struggles as a young, single parent. Her rise to fame in The Judds, and her downward spiral into depression & anxiety. She is very candid & forthcoming about the not so glamorous elements of mental illness & the toll it takes. During the various trials of trying to find medications and other treatments, she opens up on what worked for her & what didn't. I would highly recommend this ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of Naomi, or any of the Judd's (I don't dislike them, I just don't listen to their music much because it doesn't appeal to me) but I was loaned this book and I read just about anything these days. Anyway, I really appreciated this book. It came at a propitious time since I just recently have been having panic attacks. I don't know if it's due to hormone imbalance or what but she had a lot of great advice on how to deal with them, just from her own experience. I even copied a f ...more
Sue Zieman
Gave me some ideas to suggest to depressed members of my family, so that is good. But as in everything about her personality, yesh; d.r.a.m.a. queen. Deep into the book the doc asked her questions that were "like a cold bucket of water" Really? Really? Those questions never occurred to you before, really? Sorry her brain chemicals are screwed and she can't help that, but mmmmm... Need some hard, tall boundaries.
I found this book helpful in understanding depression, anxiety, and trauma from the viewpoint of someone who seems to "have it all". In addition to being completely honest about her challenges (including suicidal ideation), Naomi Judd provided some solid strategies to living with mental illness, which I appreciated.
Mary Reed
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. To think that someone of Naomi Judd's talent and fame could fall into such deep depression and have severe anxiety/pains attacks makes you understand why some people commit suicide. I was happy to rad hat he has found a way to overcome her condition and deal with it in a healthy way.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This is beautifully open about this tough part of her life. The more people who come forward and are open about the depression and anxiety they suffer the less of a stigma it will have in our society. There are many people who experience this . Seeing how someone deals with them is helpful to others.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Informative, Interesting

This book shows that money and fame can't buy good health, happiness or fulfillment. Thank you for sharing your journey Naomi. I got information that I haven't been able to find from anywhere I searched.
Leila Kern
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspirational book! I love Naomi's honesty in revealing her depression and hard struggles with dealing with this disease! It is good to know that people are not alone. Sometimes one can feel that way!
Gail O'Connor
Very interesting memoir of her terrible depression. Kudos to her that she came out, so other people can understand and empathize with this terrible problem. Hopefully she has turned the corner forever.
🌹Lisa June Sanders🌹
A very moving book. I use to love watching "The Judds" when I was pretty young. I was very sad when I learned of Naomi having Hep C, what a miracle that she was healed! I really enjoyed Naomi sharing her life story with us. ♡
Jill Lemons
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful and spot on!

Excellent account of the horrendous feelings associated with daily life while suffering from depression and anxiety. She truly described my thoughts and feelings.
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