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Kentucky doctor talks stigma around mental health following death of Naomi Judd

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Published: May. 2, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Country music fans are still in shock about the death of country music icon Naomi Judd.

Doctor Jonathan Martin, Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Clinic at Baptist Health Corbin told WYMT the death of Naomi Judd hit home for behavioral health specialists like himself.

The 76-year-old country music icon died on Saturday. CBS News reports the singer struggled with severe depression and trauma from childhood sexual abuse

The singer was open about her mental health struggles. She was also diagnosed with Hepatitis C and had to stop performing in the 1990′s.

“Not being able to perform, missed it so bad, I had panic attacks,” Judd said in an interview. “I was put on all kinds of medication.”

Dr. Martin said he makes sure to talk with his new patients and asks if they are, or have ever struggled with those types of situations.

“We’ve done a lot better moving forward and we continue to make progress,” he said. “That stigma still exists, there’s people that don’t want to go see a psychiatrist or therapist because they don’t want people to see their car in a parking lot.”

He added talks about mental health can be difficult to have during an appointment.

“You have to bring it up to see where this is coming from, where the struggles are coming from,,” he said. “You know, just provide support and understanding.”

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