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Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

The truth about mental breakdowns and how they are often a breakthrough in disguise

Having a so-called ‘nervous breakdown’ can carry a lot of negative stigma: losing your marbles is usually seen as detrimental (damaging to the mental) rather than positive event. But what if it were actually a good thing? A greater understanding of what a mental breakdown often is could change your perspective, and therefore the entire experience.

The signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown include not feeling able to cope, overwhelm and the feeling of ‘losing one’s mind’. And actually, this might be truer than you think.

As we grow up, without realizing it, we are conditioned with many beliefs, mental patterns and paradigms about the world. It is through these concepts that we operate and view life. As we evolve and grow as human beings, these paradigms and beliefs are going to be challenged, become outdated and will no longer serve us. And so naturally, just like civilizations come and go, the mental concepts are going to have to break down to make way for new ones. I liken this to having to demolish a multi-story building and clear away the rubble in order to make space for a new building. Once the old building is pulled down and cleared away, then the new foundations can be laid and a new building built on top.

The thing is, often, as our mental concepts are being broken down, we do not understand what is happening with our rational mind because it no longer has concepts to hang on to, as the old is being swept away to make way for the new. This can feel very disorientating and scary. It’s like we’ve left point A on one shore, and we’re on our way to point B over the other side of the river, and we’re in the boat going across, but we don’t actually know we’re taking the journey. And it’s often not until we get to the other side and have settled into our new house that we start to piece together what has actually just happened.

So the first step is to recognize what is happening and be ok with it, although it can feel very uncomfortable at the time. If we know we are literally ‘losing our mind’ while a new and better one is being built in its place, even though it feels uncomfortable we can at least relax a little and accept the situation better. This is the time we need to be extra gentle and caring with ourselves. And let go of any expectation of how long this procedure is going to take – it could be a few days, a few weeks or a few months. Just accept that right now it feels like there is nothing for the mind to grab onto as you find yourself falling into the abyss. It’s ok – let go. You will be caught. The fear comes from the mind or ego fighting its demise.

As you come through the other side, you will discover new realms in your mind, new perspectives, new ways of thinking, which will serve you much better. It’s a bit like a computer upgrade. This is why I like to think of a nervous breakdown as a ‘breakthrough’ – a breakthrough to a new you.

As the saying goes, ‘this too shall pass’, so sit back and as much as possible enjoy the ride.

Rumi – The Guesthouse

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

A nervous breakdown at work is nothing to take lightly. Whether you feel on the brink of having one or have already experienced it, knowing the signs (panic attacks, depressive symptoms, mood swings, and insomnia to name a few) is crucial. After acknowledging the potential of underlying mental health issues, residential treatment is the next step needed to learn how to cope with them. By creating a space for recovery through comprehensive diagnosis, therapies, and peer support, you will learn how to properly manage your mental health and improve your personal and work life.

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Your place of employment can be a source of many things: personal fulfillment, lifelong relationships, but also, at times, potentially overwhelming stress. And for anyone struggling with mental health challenges, this stress can be the catalyst for a nervous breakdown. Unfortunately, workplaces are environments where most don’t feel comfortable sharing their personal problems—especially mental health-related ones—due to a fear of being misunderstood, ostracized, or even fired.

“Nervous breakdown” is a non-medical term for a mental health crisis that prevents someone from being able to function for a set period of time. Given how general this blanket term is, the root cause(s) of the crisis can vary from prolonged stress and anxiety disorders to depression. And when you can’t function properly, work is typically the first place it will begin to manifest itself.

Recognizing the signs is crucial so that you can take the proper steps toward treatment. Using the supports and therapies in residential treatment programs, you can learn how to cope with your mental health challenges in an adaptive environment that promotes positive personal growth. Through this learning process, you will better understand how to function with your challenges and prevent future mental health issues from dragging you down.

Recognizing the Signs of a Nervous Breakdown

While some popular culture depictions of nervous breakdowns suggest that they come out of the blue, in reality, it is just the opposite. Given that they’re manifestations of underlying mental health issues, nervous breakdowns are the culmination of numerous symptoms and struggles that have built up over time. These signs will vary with the issues, but knowing some of the most common ones is important.

  • Panic attacks. Experiencing panic attacks with increased frequency can be a sign of culminating mental health issues. While many people describe the feeling as an intense fear often accompanied by detachment from reality and difficulty breathing, the majority of the 13 symptoms are physical. This means that treatment with a beta-blocker can reduce many of these symptoms and greatly help with the vicious cycle of physical symptoms that feed into it and exacerbate mental symptoms.
  • Depressive symptoms. Persistent thoughts of hopelessness, suicide, and self-harm are common signs of an underlying depressive disorder that could culminate in a mental health crisis. When your day-to-day life becomes clouded by these kinds of thoughts, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of the haze and realize just how much it is affecting you. But doing this is an important step in realizing the significance of your underlying issues and the path to overcoming them.
  • Mood swings. Feeling at the mercy of unpredictable moods and emotions is not something to take lightly. Whether this is an outburst of anger, sadness, or mania, it could be a sign of a serious underlying mental health issue such as Bipolar Disorder that requires intensive treatment.
  • Insomnia. While an inability to sleep can be symptomatic of a lot of things, it doesn’t do any favors for mental health issues. To complicate things even more, not only can it make the aforementioned problems worse, those problems can also have a negative impact on your sleep. This is a perfect example of the complexity of the mental health issues that can lead to a nervous breakdown and the necessity of addressing them properly.

Other symptoms include social isolation, feeling detached from yourself, hallucinations, and difficulty concentrating. Together, they can make it difficult to live normally and cause you to isolate yourself, avoid social situations, miss work or school, and fall behind on maintaining your home.

If you find the above symptoms all too familiar, or if you’ve already experienced a breakdown and are starting to connect the dots, it’s time to start thinking about your next steps. Although it might seem difficult, even nerve-wracking, to think of seeking treatment, remember that the road the recovery leads to a positive life highlighted by continuous learning. By avoiding it, you’ll simply fall into the same patterns and never learn more about yourself and the things that fuel your mental health challenges.

Yes, life is not fair and someday every one of us has to go through an inevitable nervous breakdown phase, which can put life on a ‘pause’. Having been there myself and having crept out of that chasm of depression back to life and love, I share some thoughts on how to survive a nervous breakdown and emerge out of it with confidence.

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Yes, life is not fair and someday every one of us has to go through an inevitable nervous breakdown phase, which can put life on a ‘pause’. Having been there myself and having crept out of that chasm of depression back to life and love, I share some thoughts on how to survive a nervous breakdown and emerge out of it with confidence.

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self, so therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.” – Kahlil Gibran

Prophetic words indeed from the great writer, as he sees pain in positive light and uncovers it for what it really is – a lesson to be learned, an awakening to reality and an opportunity to make a paradigm shift in our life perspective. When life comes crashing down on you, all that you have faith in crumbles, days spiral down into an endless series of disappointments, blow after blow destroys all that you hold dear, even the most toughest of men and women break down.

What follows is a faithless phase of dark despair called a nervous breakdown. It may be a personal financial crisis, a relationship breakup, death, rejection, helplessness, life-threatening, disabling disease, accident or simply unbearable disappointment, that may be the cause of this nadir of your life.

The question remains, do you give in to the depths of despair and let it win or fight back, tooth and nail with whatever you’ve got to overcome the tornado of negative thoughts threatening to tear apart the fabric of your life? Do you hold ground or flee? Do you choose hope or choose despair?

I am sure you want to choose hope, because quite frankly, sometimes that’s all you have! Easily said than done you would say and you are right. What follows are some suggestions from a fellow survivor to all those of you suffering from such a nervous breakdown, that will help you find the way back, as I did. . .

How to Recover From a Nervous Breakdown?

The very fact that you are reading this article right now shows that you have the urge to overcome this abyss of despair that you find yourself in. That’s all that you need to get out of it. Inch by inch you have to build on that hope. Here is a prescription of thought capsules that can cure you and help you survive this dark episode of life.

Accept What You Cannot Change

Acceptance is always the first step. Closing your eyes doesn’t change the reality facing you. No matter what you do, certain things like past mistakes, people passing away and perceptions of other people about you are simply unchangeable things. The only way to make peace with them is to accept that they are beyond your control. Let go of these mental burdens and poisonous thorns that you keep tormenting yourself with. Let go of them and look at things that can be changed and improved upon!

Stop Being Your Own Prisoner

Sometimes, the despair you find yourself in, is purely self-inflicted. You have chosen to sit and wallow in self pity and imprisoned yourself in a self-made cage of limitations that you need to break out of! Despairing for too long and too often can become a habit.

Negative thinking can become a habit which creates a never-ending circle of despair, which you may never recover from. Perhaps, that’s because you don’t want to! Strange as it may sound, you are your own prisoner. A victim of your self imposed restrictions, biases, self doubt and negative thinking. You need to understand that there is no cage and most of your problems are purely self made and imaginary! Think about it.

Have Faith and Believe in Yourself

A great degree of our personal problems arise out of self-doubt and a loss of faith in ourselves. Believe in yourself. You are the only person, you can bank upon, trust completely and draw strength from. As Earnest Hemingway has said, ‘A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.’ Confidence is the secret ingredient that can turn things around. Just believe you can overcome and you will.

Stop Being an Acceptance Junkie

Many people suffer from nervous breakdowns when they face rejection from objects of their affection, their parents, peers, bosses and social groups in general. We are all acceptance junkies and unless we get rid of this addiction, happiness is rarely going to come your way.

If it does, it won’t last for long. Stop basing your happiness on the acceptance from others or what others think about you. It is a dangerous trap to get yourself into. Strive for emotional independence. You have a birthright to be happy and nothing or no one should stop you from exercising that right!

Start Life Anew

Make a new beginning. Do something that you always wanted to do, but never got around to actually doing! Work on things that you would like to change about yourself. Make a ‘To Do’ list of things you enjoy doing and go after them right away. Depression will be overcome when you pursue an interest you are passionate about, that will rekindle your joy of living.

Let Creativity Be Your Savior

Creativity has a way of bringing out the best out of you. Pursue creative endeavors like writing, playing music or painting. Take a complete break from your old lifestyle. Go hiking, backpack across Europe, go bungee jumping. Travel and see new places. Meet new people, have new experiences and watch your depression crawl back into nothingness!

You are What You Choose to Be

Ultimately, everything is a choice or the consequence of a choice. You will be happy, if you choose to be. Choose your thoughts to be optimistic and see a brighter side of life or choose to be pessimistic. Take control of your life or let yourself be thrown around by chance. It’s all up to you.

The single most important thought that you need to take away is ‘Never Give Up’! No matter what happens, this moment right now is yours and you are alive and you can choose to make it beautiful with sincere effort or darken it with despair. Ever elusive happiness is going to slip by if you try to hold on to things too tightly.

Learn to let go of what you cannot change, adapt to changing circumstances and have faith in yourself. Nobody has been able to figure it all out and nobody has an answer to the question – ‘Why me?’. As Gibran says, it is perhaps because you needed the lesson and it is an opportunity for you to grow. Have faith my dear friend, there has to be sunrise after every sunset and darkness no matter how indomitable, will be overthrown by the ray of light called ‘Belief’ within you!

What is a Nervous Breakdown?

A nervous breakdown can be described as an acute emotional or psychological collapse. The term nervous breakdown is not a medical term, but rather a colloquial term used by the general public to refer to and characterize a wide range of mental illnesses.

It generally occurs when a person is unable to function in social roles anymore, experiencing severe depression or feelings of being out of touch with reality. This often occurs after a long period of stress which has not been adequately dealt with.

This inability to function can occur in both work and personal arenas, resulting in difficulty in fulfilling obligations. It also causes the individual to develop physical, mental and emotional symptoms. A person experiencing symptoms of a nervous breakdown may feel extreme tiredness, weakness, episodes of uncontrollable crying, confusion, disorientation, and feelings of worthlessness.

There may also be a loss of self-esteem and confidence, extreme weight loss or weight gain, disrupted sleep patterns and feelings of guilt and despair. In severe cases, an inability to move, called catatonic posturing, may result. This is a serious psychiatric condition and should not be taken lightly.

Other Disorders Associated with a Nervous Breakdown
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Trauma disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood (affective) disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

Learning to manage stress and identify the early symptoms of a nervous breakdown such as anxiety, depression and panic disorders can help to prevent its onset. Many people have experienced being on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and it is this feeling of overwhelming helplessness that has forced them to revamp their lifestyles and has offered them the opportunity for growth and enlightenment.

Diagnosing a Nervous Breakdown

Symptoms of a Nervous Breakdown & Early Warning Signs

There are physical, emotional and behavioral warning signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown. They include:

Physical symptoms of a nervous breakdown

  • Sleep disruption – much longer periods of sleep or insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Breathing problems
  • Migraine headaches
  • Low libido
  • Memory loss
  • Disrupted menstrual cycle
  • Extreme exhaustion/fatigue
  • Feelings of persistent anxiety or panic attacks
  • Significant changes in appetite, such as eating too little or too much (comfort eating)
  • Visual/eye disturbances

Emotional symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Indecision
  • Loss of confidence and self-esteem
  • Inability to stop crying
  • Feelings of guilt, poor judgment
  • Disinterest in social life and work or alienation from previously close friends and family
  • Inability to pursue a normal life, normal activities or normal relationships
  • Increasing dependence on alcohol or drugs
  • Paranoid thoughts, such as the thought people are trying to harm you
  • Seeing people who are not there
  • Thoughts of dying or wish to die
  • Thoughts of grandeur or invincibility
  • Having flashbacks to a prior traumatic event
  • Hearing voices

Behavioral symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Strange behavior such as odd body movements or undressing in public
  • Exhibiting strong or violent anger

What Causes a Nervous Breakdown?

There is always a trigger or catalyst that sparks a nervous breakdown. Breakdowns usually stem from a change in a major life, however, they may also be attributed to an accumulation of factors. Factors that may contribute to a breakdown include:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Genetics (family history)
  • Anxiety surrounding major life changes or disorders
  • Extreme guilt or emotional problems
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Help for Nervous Breakdowns

There are many treatment methods and approaches for dealing with nervous breakdowns. Choosing the right one depends on the diagnosis of the individual case, as there is no standard cure. There are ways to prevent a nervous breakdown, conventional treatments, nutritional supplements and many other therapies to choose from.

Available Treatment Options for Nervous Breakdowns

Obviously, the best approach is to prevent the breakdown from occurring in the first place. Recognizing the warning signs of a nervous breakdown and reducing and managing stress levels can often produce excellent results and prevent the total collapse usually associated with a nervous breakdown.

Conventional treatments once signs of a nervous breakdown are observed by a physician usually consist of prescribed anti-depressants or other psychiatric medications. These can have serious side effects as they are high schedule drugs. Prescription drugs alone do not offer comprehensive treatment for any psychiatric or stress-related condition. It is important to seek help in managing the conditions that led up to the breakdown. This is best done by consulting a psychologist.

One of the most significant signs of a nervous breakdown includes stress which may be caused by an imbalance of minerals and vitamins. Special attention should be paid to taking extra vitamins in the B complex, particularly Vitamin B6 and B12. Products such as a complete multi-vitamin and/or Epi-Still™ may also provide relief from symptoms of overactive nervous systems. Aromatherapy, yoga, reflexology, Reiki and massage therapy may also be useful adjuncts to treatment and assist in aiding relaxation and stress management.

More Information on Mental & Emotional Nervous Breakdowns

Prevention & Treatment Tips for Nervous Breakdowns

Taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally is very important, especially with the hectic demands placed on our daily lives. These useful tips include:

  • Eating a healthy diet and improving food choices
  • Exercising regularly
  • Actively seeking professional help for better coping mechanisms or help with emotional issues
  • Practicing deep breathing exercises and meditation
  • Incorporating fun and laughter into your life
  • Allowing more time for a good night’s rest
  • Learning to relax by taking time for yourself
  • Maintaining contact with family and friends

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On the face of it, narcissists seem to be able to swan through life, charming and confident, without a care in the world for the trail of destruction, chaos and heartache they leave in their wake. They have little remorse, and nothing appears to be able to halt their unstoppable march toward further emotional devastation of anyone foolish enough to be conned into caring about them.

This is a fallacy, however. Meet what is referred to as Narcissistic Collapse.

Narcissistic Collapse

This happens when they can no longer manage to maintain the charade, or the gap between their false self and real self. Hard reality knocks, and the vulnerability of their false self is laid bare. Their looks catch up with them. They’ve pissed so many supporters off along the way that people steer clear. The players in their make-believe world including friends, enablers and flying monkeys wake up to realise that the whole victim narrative was a string of lies and that is they who are the toxic ones, and not their victims. That none of their apparent “success” in life is actually attributable to them but was essentially stolen or borrowed from others. That all of their crazy and abusive exes are in fact not unhinged, but were made to appear that way by all of the crazy-baiting and drama deliberately caused by the narc themselves. Their children wake up to the reality that their normal range parents loved them all along.

Mental Breakdown

Narcissistic Collapse presents itself as a massive mental breakdown after which they become withdrawn and isolated. They struggle to face themselves, and as a result can’t face the world.

Narcissistic Collapse is generally permanent – the narcissist never recovers for the rest of their life.

Narcissistic Hibernation

There is a less common variant known as Narcissistic Hibernation. This generally happens when the Narcopath loses their key sources of narcissistic supply and therefore struggles to maintain their charade. They lie low until another is found and from whom they are able to derive sufficient narcissistic supply to feel good enough about themselves to face the world again.

Karma

This is the karma about which pundits offer refer. It’ll happen, sure enough. And if you as a victim want to accelerate the onset of narcissistic collapse, just go out there and thrive. Your success deals them hammer blows.

  1. Most thrive well into their 20s and 30s, having given the impression to everyone they have been popular or the “cool person” since childhood.
  2. By the time they reach their 40s, the tables begin to turn.
  3. As they begin to show age and resent it, they lose the power to charm and entrance people by using their looks.
  4. By the time they hit their 50s and 60s, most narcissistic people start to lose friends and have less influence. US Health Update
External Links

There’s a great article and how eternal victimhood often ends up as Narcissistic collapse at Collapsed Narcissists

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

a period of mental illness resulting from severe depression, stress, or anxiety.

“Joe nearly had a nervous breakdown”

A friend on mine has a nervous breakdown last week. He told me he it could have been avoided if he’d spotted the signs and taken action sooner.

This article is designed to help you realise if things have gone too far for you or someone you know, and that’s it’s time to do something to improve your mental health.

“Nervous breakdown” is a rather nebulous term, but it usually refers to someone reaching a crisis point with regard to their mental health. It can culminate in passing out, a stroke, a heart attack or just feeling you can’t carry on like this any more.

It’s caused by a prolonged period of cumulative stress and anxiety, that results in life feeling less and less manageable.

A healthy person will experience stress and anxiety from time to time, perhaps even daily. But they will have ways to release the pressure so that it doesn’t build up and they can reset.

Here 12 signs you could be heading for a nervous breakdown:

1. You have no downtime

You feel like you’re rushing from one thing to the next, with no space to catch your breath. (OK, I know, this is most people in London!)

2. Normal life feels unmanageable

Struggling with things like what breakfast cereal to choose or unloading the washing machine are a sign of cortisol overload. This can go hand in hand with lack of concentration and focus.

3. You’re withdrawing socially

It’s logical to want to isolate yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You want to avoid further stimulation or anything that feels like effort. Maybe you also don’t want other people to know how you’re feeling.

5. You can’t sleep

The body metabolyses stress hormones when you sleep, so insomnia pervents you from ‘resetting’ your stress levels.

This means it takes very little to tip you into the stress-overload or panic zone.

6. Escape fantasies

You’re caught in a cycle of thinking this is all too much to cope with, and you need a way out, while another part of your brain is telling you “I must carry on, I can’t give in, if I just try harder I will get on top of it”.

6. You’re having panic attacks

Prolonged feelings of anxiety can lead to overwhelming feelings of fear that seem to come out of the blue.

Once you’ve had an attack, worrying about having another one can be worse for your mental health than the panic attacks themselves.

7. Extreme mood swings

One minute you’re feeling good, then something small makes you snap with rage or worry incessantly.

8. You’re self-sabotaging

This could be abusing drugs or alcohol, the way you treat people around you or the way you do your job.

9. You feel like a failure

You may know at some level it’s not your fault, but emotionally, you feel like you’ve failed.

You’re putting a negative filter on everything and struggling to remember anything you’ve done well or succeeded at.

10. Loss of hope

You might experience thoughts of suicide or just feel helpless.

11. You feel numb

Some people on the cusp of a breakdown report not feeling much of anything. You might stop caring how you look, lose interest in activities you used to enjoy, and isolate yourself from family and friends.

12. You feel isolated

You have a sense of having to deal with all your problems by yourself.

The most important thing you can do, is ask for help. You’ve tried handling this on your own and it’s not working, so it’s time to be honest about your state of mind.

Contact your GP, or perhaps start by talking to a friend or loved one.

In order to take back control of your life, here are some things you can do on a weekly or daily basis to get into better shape mentally, emotionally and physically:

  • Exercising at least three times a week, which can be as simple as walking 30 minutes to get to work instead of using the bus or tube
  • Meditating regularly and using breathing techniques to help you relax
  • Spending more time with your friends and family
  • Reduce the time you spend working and make sure you properly disconnect from work in evenings, weekends and during holidays
  • Going to a therapist or counseling sessions to manage stress
  • Avoiding drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and other substances that create stress on the body
  • Improving your diet — fewer takeaways and more veg
  • Getting regular sleep and sleeping 7–8 hours a night
  • Not taking on so much at once, doing one thing at a time and prioritising the most important tasks

They’re all simple things that we know are good for us, but are you actually doing them regularly?

If you are really struggling at the moment, take action now. There are many people who will help, if you’re just willing to ask.

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What exactly is a nervous breakdown?

‘Nervous breakdown’ isn’t an official medical term or mental illness, but everyone has some idea of what the phrase means. Although there’s no precise definition, it generally describes the feeling of being under so much prolonged stress that you feel like you’re reaching a breaking point, says neurologist and psychiatrist Dr David A. Merrill.

Feeling you’re having a nervous breakdown can be indicative of an underlying mental illness and you need to talk to your doctor about it right away if it’s impeding your ability to live your normal life, he says. Talk to your doctor about all your symptoms of a nervous breakdown so you can get the right kind of help to tackle your extreme stress and start feeling better. “Nervous breakdowns need to be treated both medically and psychologically,” he explains. “There are lots of new treatments available, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

You can’t concentrate

In the short term, stress can boost your brainpower by releasing hormones that enhance memory storage and improve concentration. But in the long term, chronic stress makes it difficult to block out external distractions, which affects your ability to focus on work projects (bad) or your surroundings while driving (really, really bad), Dr Merrill says. In extreme cases, excessive amounts of the stress hormone cortisol can lead to memory loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Stress can be a symptom of a nervous breakdown.

You can’t stop eating

Do you reach for a tub of ice cream or packet of biscuits after a long day? There’s a good reason for that. Stress causes the brain to release hormones, including adrenaline, which energises your muscles for a ‘fight or flight’ response. Once the adrenaline wears off, cortisol tells the body to replenish its lost energy stores with food, Dr Merrill says. The problem is, when you’re stressed for reasons that don’t involve crazy levels of physical activity (say, running from a sabre-toothed tiger), you’re biologically wired to eat when you don’t really need to. High-fat and high-sugar comfort foods increase pleasure chemicals in the brain to trick you into temporarily feeling better, he explains.

If you can’t stop eating, try adding to your plate these 11 foods that can reduce stress.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Nervous Breakdown

Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

In this fast paced world, nervous breakdown is a very common problem faced by people all over the globe. Mental breakdown is a non medical term that is used by common people. It signifies acute attack of mental illness characterized by depression or anxiety.

Nervous Breakdown is also termed as mental breakdown. There are many causes which contribute to the problem of nervous breakdown. But social isolation is regarded as one of the major causes of nervous breakdown. There may be several reasons behind social isolation. It hardly matters, as the damage caused by this factor is quite irreparable.

The following are the general signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown. A person might experience some of them simultaneously or only one of them in an exaggerated form. The type of symptoms occurring varies from individual to individual depending upon their mental stability and past history of mental disorders.

Symptoms of Nervous Breakdown

1. Physically – A brain with excessive stress is the first indicator of a nervous breakdown. Feelings of lethargy, constant pains and aches, scratchy and inflamed skin, lowered body resistance are also signs of an imminent breakdown. Repeated sensations of vomiting and gastric problems like stomach cramps gastrointestinal ulcers, colitis and diarrhea over extended periods of time might be indicative of a nervous breakdown.

2. Hostile Behavior – This involves a person displaying excessive antisocial behavior like gambling, eve teasing, vandalism and alcoholism. In extreme cases a person might resort to overt usage of drugs which is quite a clear sign of nervous breakdowns although it is not a rule.

3. Amnesia – Constantly forgetting appointments and schedules, short term memory lapse, confusion over order of occurrence of past events describe amnesia which, left untreated may lead to frustration. Frustration may then take control over the sufferer leading to rage and outbursts.

4. Delirium – Individuals may show signs of delirium and visualize hallucinations and delusions. By hallucinations and delusions one means tasting, smelling, seeing, feeling and hearing things that do not exist in reality. They might also display narcissism which is a state of extreme self-adoration and vanity.

People on the verge of a nervous breakdown are known to have nightmares and become obsessed with terrors. Panic attacks, loss of self-esteem, sleepwalking, and morbid thought patterns are symptoms of nervous wrecks as well. Such people may also threaten to harm and destroy other people, or hurt oneself by committing suicide.

Overview
One common aspect of these symptoms is an unexpected and abrupt dissolution of the human being’s personality. This means moving away from a fixed functional routine towards a more chaotic and disruptive lifestyle. Other symptoms of a mental breakdown are irrepressible crying, low energy levels, cyclic perplexity, desolation, incapacity to think obviously, sleep interruption or insomnia, total lack of pleasure in mundane jobs and feeling of insignificance and sadness.
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Signs of a nervous breakdown (and how to survive it)

Nervous breakdown is also known as mental breakdown which is a term that describes a period of extreme mental or emotional stress. In this case the stress is so high that the person is unable to perform normal day to day activities. In nervous breakdown the patient loses control of feelings, takes stress, anxiety or nervousness.

Signs of nervous breakdown in a child

Following are the signs that your child may have a mental health disorder includes;

  • Persistent sadness for two or more than two weeks
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Hurting or talking about hurting oneself
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Extreme irritability
  • Out of control behavior that can be harmful
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior or personality
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Loss of weight
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Avoiding or missing school

Signs of nervous breakdown in a teenager

Following are the signs of nervous breakdown in teenager;

  • Changes in sleep
  • Feeling of guilt
  • Changes in energy level
  • Changes in concentration or task completion
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in motivation
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Feelings of self consciousness and insecurity
  • Depression

Signs of nervous breakdown in the elderly

Following are the signs of nervous breakdown in elderly;

  • Low self esteem
  • Fear
  • Irritability
  • Worrying
  • Feeling helpless
  • Getting angry easily
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Losing interest in the favorite activities
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Thoughts of self harming
  • Thoughts of suicide

Treatment for nervous breakdown

Following are the ways to cure the nervous breakdown;

If one has experienced symptoms of nervous breakdown then one should seek out a mental health professional or a psychiatrist to develop a treatment plan that will help him better cope with stress and avoid future nervous breakdown. This can help the patient by giving the chance to focus only on his well being. The treatment plan may include several types of therapy, stress relief and relaxation strategies, group support and medication.

Following are some tips to get rid of nervous breakdown

  • Do frequent visits to the mental health professional
  • Take meditation
  • Do regular exercise
  • Eat healthy food
  • Drink enough water
  • Take medications on time
  • Take deep breath
  • Spent more time outdoors
  • Sit with good friends
  • Sit with people who are good listeners
  • Share your feelings with friends
  • Take part in sports activities
  • Go to best psychotherapist