Oprah Winfrey reveals mental illness connection

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey came "face-to-face with mental illness" in recent years.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published:January 9, 2016 3:54 pm
Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Mental, Oprah Winfrey Mental illness, Oprah Winfrey Mental illness Connection, Oprah Winfrey Psychological Disorder, Oprah Winfrey Mental Disorder, Oprah Winfrey Mental Problem, Entertainment news “In recent years I’ve come face-to-face with mental illness, as several people close to me were hospitalized with severe suicidal depression and manic and schizophrenic thoughts,” Oprah Winfrey said. (Source: Reuters)

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey came “face-to-face with mental illness” in recent years, because so many of her friends are suffering from psychological disorders.

The 61-year-old media mogul has long been applauded for her commitment to helping people feel well and whole, and now her philanthropic efforts have extended to her personal life.

“In recent years I’ve come face-to-face with mental illness, as several people close to me were hospitalized with severe suicidal depression and manic and schizophrenic thoughts,” she said.

“More than once I’ve sat in the psych ward waiting to hear the diagnosis.”

Winfrey feels much more can be done to support people who have been diagnosed with mental disorders.

“We, as a culture, have not fully acknowledged how much help is needed,” she said.

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    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:28 am
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