Sharon Osbourne opens up about hospitalization: ‘I had a breakdown’

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Sharon Osbourne recently revealed that she was hospitalized in the Spring of 2015 for severe depression. She described it like a breakdown and said that she couldn’t eat, speak or think for around three days, during which she was receiving treatment at Cedars Sinai medical center. She took a month long emergency break from her position on The Talk at the time. Sharon said that she is sharing her story now to help others who may be going through similar struggles.

Sharon Osbourne is addressing her emergency leave of absence from The Talk last year.

“I had a complete and utter breakdown,” Osbourne revealed on Monday about why she left the show for one month in May 2015.

“I woke up in Cedars-Sinai Hospital and for probably three days I knew nothing. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t talk, I could do nothing. My brain just shut down on me,” admitted Osbourne, 63.

“I was doing too much of everything,” she said. “My brain just totally fused and I just couldn’t cope with anything. My family put me into a facility and in this facility, they diagnose you, there’s therapists, psychiatrists and you do a lot of group therapy. And I found for me that the group therapy was the best thing that I could do because there were several people suffering with what I was suffering,” Osbourne added.

She continued, “My head was like a whirlpool going round and round and round, and not one thought would stay in.”

PEOPLE confirmed via Osbourne’s rep at the time of the hospitalization that the TV talk show host took a one-month hiatus after she “collapsed from mental and physical fatigue.” Her doctors reported that she suffered from “extreme exhaustion” and believed she returned to work too soon after being treated earlier in the year for pneumonia….

Over a year later, the host is back to hosting and her normal routine: “I feel now that I have got a good grip on the problem that I have and I’m in control, it doesn’t control me. So I’m in control of the condition.”

[From People]

Whenever celebrities reveal that they have mental health issues it really does help raise awareness and reduce the stigma. I’m thinking of Demi Lovato and Kristen Bell, both of whom have been open about similar battles with mental health.

We know Sharon is back with Ozzy after he cheated on her and since she always takes him back I guess that’s to be expected. When she was hospitalized it was well before the news came out that Ozzy had a long term girlfriend. Did she know about that and how did it affect her? In no way am I blaming Ozzy for Sharon’s mental state, I’m just genuinely curious about the timing. She deserves a lot of credit for being open and honest about what she went through. It can’t be an easy thing to admit.

Here’s Sharon discussing this on The Talk.

Look at Sharon carrying around her little dog and phone in one hand and a coffee in another!
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  1. Patricia says:

    I have read from several sources that one in three women will be hospitalized for mental illness, whether it’s a trip to the ER for a panic attack, a longer stay to help stabilize her condition, or an even longer stay to help long term issues.
    I have an anxiety disorder, ADD and hypochondria. It’s scary to even type that anonymously, there’s so much stigma. But I appreciate Sharon being open about this. I know that if my conditions get away from me, it could be me in a state of breakdown needing to be in the hospital. And if that happens I will be Ok, I will get the help I need like so many people do every day. For once I am happy that Sharon is talking.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      I am bipolar, have had severe anxiety my entire life and am OCD. It’s very difficult to live with and it’s hard on relationships. Despite meds, it’s a daily struggle and insurance doesn’t always cover my medical expenses. I’m no fan of Sharon, but I’m always happy when celebrities discuss their mental health issues. I wish you much happiness ☺

  2. Neelyo says:

    While it can be helpful when celebrities discuss issues, because this is Sharon Osbourne I suspect her motivation is not raising awareness but obtaining an anti-depressant endorsement deal.

  3. Lalu says:

    I guess I am mean. I have no sympathy for this person. I am glad she’s okay… Of course, but she is just awful. She has inflicted mental distress and pain on plenty in her lifetime. She is not someone that I want to see talking about her mental health issues.

  4. molly says:

    I have suffered from severe depression and anxiety for 20 yrs since my early teens. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It is a very crippling illness that needs to be spoken about often.

    • JFresh says:

      +1 It is insidious and thank heavens for well-established artists who are brave enough to admit suffering from it.

    • Jaxx says:

      Not wishing it on your worst enemy says it all doesn’t it, Molly? That is how truly awful it is. I sometimes wonder why EVERYONE doesn’t just sit down on a curb and say “Game Over,” not playing in this world a minute longer. On my blackest days I truly wonder how everyone ELSE just keeps on going.

      I pray for light at the end of your tunnel all the time.

  5. paolanqar says:

    I really dislike Sharon purely for raising an asshole like Kelly.
    If the saying ‘like mother like daughter’ is true, then that is all I need to know.