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Oprah Winfrey recently admitted to nearly having a nervous breakdown. But why? And what lessons can we all learn from this?

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What was the problem?

While filming Lee Daniels’ The Butler last year, Oprah was in the midst of trying to revitalize her “struggling” TV channel, OWN. It wasn’t until she interviewed Kony 2012 director Jason Russell, who had recently suffered a very dramatic breakdown). She realized that she herself was in danger after listening to Jason describe his symptoms, many of which she was experiencing herself.

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“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,” Oprah says. “I remember thinkking that if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble. 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.”

Thankfully, Oprah took several steps back from her multiple projects and allowed herself to relax.

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