Oprah Winfrey admits to almost suffering a nervous breakdown

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Being very wealthy obviously doesn’t exempt one from the pressures of the world.

Oprah Winfrey,59, confirmed the rumors that she suffered from symptoms of a nervous breakdown earlier this year. In a recent interview on Access Hollywood, Winfrey explained that trying to cope with her new venture, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), while filming Lee Daniels’ movie, The Butler was too much for her to handle at once.

During the interview she describes the moment when she realized what was happening with her:

“I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptom … Saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me,’ ” Winfrey said.

“In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain,” she added.

“I mean, I wasn’t ready to go run naked in the streets. Let’s make that very clear,” Winfrey said, referring to Russell’s incident. “But I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation. Ok? That’s what I meant by that.”

Oprah isn’t the only celerity who has admitted to having or coming close to a nervous breakdown. Check out other celebs who have opened up about having nervous breakdowns here.



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