Winfrey Reveals Near Nervous Breakdown

Oprah tells Access Hollywood her interview with "Kony 2012" filmmaker was her "aha" moment.
2:51 | 09/23/13

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the shocking revelation from oprah winfrey. The woman who seemingly has it all admitting she may have taken on more than she could landle last year. Gi oh, benitez is here with the details. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, lara. Oprah says her health scare came as he juggled two projects. The then struggling cable net work and the shooting of "the butler." There are no words to match this moment. Reporter: The reigning queen of tv. She's inspired to many across the globe to live their best lives. You are responsible for your life. Reporter: Now, the woman who seemingly has it all, from a network no a magazine, even a school, is revealing for the first time herrer in never breakdown last year. Oprah's health care. You said you suffered symptoms of a nervous breakdown. What were the symptoms? Reporter: In a new interview airing this week, she says it was just sort of speeding and a numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next. I thought, if I don't calm doyne p down, I'll be in serious trouble. Her moment was hearing about jason russell's public meltdown. My mind was exhausted. My mind was starting to become so defensive. Reporter: Oprah revealing, i was sitting and listening to jason russell describe his symptoms saying, this sounds familiar to me. At the time, she was struggling to save a failing network. Jetting across the country. File ming her leading role in lee daniels' "the butler." A role she said she couldn't turn down. I said, lee, listen, there could not be a worse time. I have that network thing that is -- that is going well. Is there that is going very well now. At the time, I was trying to build a team, restructure, execute the vision. I said yes, though, because of the story. People who have stressf fful circumstances in their life tend to not be giving the body the physical necessities that it needs to function at an optimum level. We see the effects from head to toe. Reporter: Oprah says it wasn't until this interview with fergie, whose father was battling cancer, that she decided to slow down. I had reached a point where i just couldn't take in any more stimulation. The own metwork's viewership sup by more than 60% and finally turning a profit. Past the $100 million mark. Great that she felt those feelings and acknowledged them. We wish, of course, our friend the best. Coming up on "good morning

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