Bullying sent Ellen DeGeneres into a deep depression

She may have a leading daily TV talk show and a Presidential Medal of Freedom today, but there was a time when Ellen DeGeneres experienced debilitating depression

She may have a leading daily TV talk show and a Presidential Medal of Freedom today, but there was a time when Ellen DeGeneres experienced debilitating depression, after she came out of the closet on her sitcom, Ellen.

“I moved out of LA, went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on anti-depressants for the first time in my life,” she says. “It was scary and lonely. All I’d known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing,” she said in a candid interview with Good Housekeeping.

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At some point during the bullying, DeGeneres wasn’t sure she would make it out alive. “I can’t believe I came back from that point,” she says. To recover, she started exercising, writing and meditating.

While some people believe that bullying only happens in school playgrounds, it can also happen in adulthood, particularly in the workplace.

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In 2015, researchers at the North-West University completed a study entitled The Nature of Workplace Bullying Experienced by Teachers and the Biopsychosocial Health Effects. They found that teachers who were bullied experienced negative health repercussions.

Teachers who were bullied experienced problems such as insomnia, nightmares, fatigue, headaches, sexual problems, weight gain, musculoskeletal pains and cardiovascular issues. At worst, some victims showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Despite going through such a traumatic time, DeGeneres says she has decided to forgive those who put her through hell in 1997. “I definitely remember who those people were, but I’ve forgiven them,” she told Good Housekeeping.

Source: Good Housekeeping