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Musician Sinead O’Connor claimed she is “one of millions” living with mental illness and dealing with suicidal thoughts in a video she posted on Facebook while at a motel in South Hackensack.
USA TODAY

Dr. Phil McGraw opened his new season Tuesday with a wide-ranging interview with troubled troubadour Sinéad O’Connor, who discusses such topics as her abuse at the hands of her mother, how a hysterectomy made her come unglued and led her to attempt suicide (most recently in August of this year), and her infamous 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

What sent her into an emotional tailspin?

“What kicked all of this off really was, I had a radical hysterectomy in Ireland two years ago and I lost my mind after that,” the 50-year-old singer told McGraw. “And that’s what I think happened with my family, and we have to give my family credit. They’re not here to speak for themselves so I don’t want to disrespect them, but the fact is, they didn’t know who the hell I was.”

O’Connor recalled, “I was told to leave the hospital two days after the surgery with Tylenol and no hormone replacement and no guidance as to what might happen to me. I was flung into surgical menopause. Hormones were everywhere. I became very suicidal. I was a basket case. After the hysterectomy, I was mental.”

What drove her to make a suicide attempt?

The hysterectomy was the underlying problem, but O’Connor said the episode was triggered by the refusal of a former partner, the father of her 10-year-old son, to bring the child to see her even though he was only a few miles away.

She said that while she was in the hospital trying to stabilize her hormonal situation following surgical menopause, his father put the child into foster care and her family left him there for six months.

“I lost the plot,” she admitted, describing her mindset at the time as “raging and angry … “What made me lose my mind was that they kept me from my most vulnerable child.”

How does she feel about her family now?

“I love my family and I don’t blame them,” she began. “It’s not easy for families of mentally ill people. We can be difficult. I don’t want to make out like I’m a victim. I give it as good as I get. Believe me, I was an (expletive) to my family. I thought it might be better if they saw (a video about) how I’m feeling, they’d relate to it. I…