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Judd: 'I'd be dead without rehab'

Ashley Judd has opened up about her difficult childhood, which left her suffering from depression.

The 42-year-old Hollywood star talks about the difficulties of being the child of a mother who was constantly touring in a new memoir, All That Is Bitter And Sweet.

Ashley, the daughter of country music legend Naomi Judd, told People magazine: "My childhood was erratic, chaotic, unstable. I was so the lost child, who just goes away and can be invisible while sitting in the middle of the room."

She added: "I know that my mom did the best she could as did my dad, but for a variety of reasons, it was just hurtful."

In her memoir, Ashley reveals she suffered sexual abuse from a variety of men over the years, People reports, and that she had suicidal thoughts.

She chose to enter rehab to be treated for depression in 2006. "I would have died without it," she said. "It has improved my life on every level."

The actress said she has now channelled her anger into her humanitarian work. "Our painful past becomes our greatest asset. Now I can look at it and say, 'Wow, that shouldn't have happened to a dog much less a child.' "

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