The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with TNA wrestler Orlando Jordan:
“People make fun of you behind your back and I heard it all,” Jordan recalled.
Painfully shy as a kid (and, he admits itâ€™s not much better now as an adult) Jordan dealt with the teasing as best he could, until one day he just couldnâ€™t take it anymore.
“I actually had a nervous breakdown when I was 15 or 16. I just couldnâ€™t deal with it all,” he said. “Itâ€™s a wearing [on you] thing.
“When you grow up being told that youâ€™re not normal or that youâ€™re not like everyone else – thatâ€™s bullying,” Jordan said matter-of-factly. “Itâ€™s not something you can see. It doesnâ€™t leave a scar or a bruise, but itâ€™s there.
“If you donâ€™t speak out about it, nobody knows and you keep it to yourself until you just canâ€™t anymore.”
Holding such heavy emotions inside can lead to breakdowns such as the one Jordan experienced. He believes the recent spate of teen suicides isnâ€™t so much the result of physical bullying as it is the mental anguish that kids who are picked on, suffer from.
“Every time I hear about one of those kids,” Jordan said, “it breaks my heart.”
Check out the complete interview online at SDGLN.com.