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Oprah confirms nervous breakdown

11:31 AM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
Oprah Winfrey in July. (Photo: Evan Agostini, Invision, via AP)
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(USA Today) -- She was overseeing her then-"struggling network," as she calls it. She was shooting the acclaimed but intense movie The Butler.

The juggle proved too intense for Oprah Winfrey, she admits in a new Access Hollywood interview. Those reports that she endured signs of a nervous breakdown as a result? "That is true," she says.

The emotional epiphany came to her last fall, when she was interviewing Kony 2012 director Jason Russell, whose own running-naked-in-the-streets-of-San-Diego meltdown went viral earlier that year.

"I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms. ... Saying, 'Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me.'"

What were the symptoms?

"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? And 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."

A couple of weeks later, while interviewing Fergie, Oprah realized she was ready to regain control of her life.

"I mean, I wasn't ready to go run naked in the streets. Let's make that very clear. But I had reached a point where I just couldn't take in any more stimulation. OK? That's what I meant by that."

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