Nervous Breakdowns: How and Why They Happen
9/24/2013 11:49:00 AM
In the first portion of a three-part televised interview set to air today, Oprah Winfrey talked about nearly suffering a nervous breakdown earlier this with “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson. “It was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing,” Winfrey recalled. “I thought … ‘if I don’t calm down I’m going to be in serious trouble.’” During that time Winfrey’s network, OWN, was struggling to stay afloat as she continued her rigorous travel schedule to interview celebrities around the country while also filming “The Butler.” Her “a-ha” came when she interviewed “Kony 2012” director Jason Russell. He had a very public breakdown in March, where he ran around naked vandalizing cars. “I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms,” Oprah continued. “[I thought], ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me.’”
Wow. A woman who has what appears to be all – success, a real best friendship, everything she has wanted- yet she was melting down. If I am honest, I have had times where I wanted to pull the covers over my head and block out the world! Never one to call it a nervous breakdown, Oprah’s testament made me ask two things:
1) What exactly is a nervous breakdown?
2) Are women more prone to them?
This is nothing I wanted to Google for the sake of you and me. I called my friend Dr. Susan Wilson from UMKC’s School of Medicine. A psychologist who recently taught an emotional management to my youth group, I knew she could give insight to what happens when we get on overload and tools to help us cope. Listen in as we talk about this issue of nervous breakdowns, getting help, and more.