Nervous breakdown is a term coined to describe a person who exhibit symptoms of different severe psychological or emotional instability. Nervous breakdown is experienced when long standing anxiety, if not properly address with, reached exhaustion. A tremendous build up of anxiety and depression or even stress will lead to exhaustion to the point that the person refuses to eat and sleep and others even doesn’t show interest of living. Those enduring high level of stress or those who suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder are more at risk of nervous breakdown.
Manifestation of nervous breakdown symptoms is an overload from physical, mental and emotional stresses. It can be trigger by a sudden event that brought about the changes in life. It can be from the death of a loved one, financial problem, lost of job, problems in work or marital problem. Aggravating factors to this are stress, depression, genetic or family background of psychological disorder, and alcohol and drug abuse.
There are lot of symptoms associated with the illness. It can be physical, emotional or psychological, and behavioural signs. Nervous breakdown symptoms may differ from one person to another and not all will manifest in one person. A couple or more of the following can be associated with nervous breakdown episodes.
Physical warning signs are:
- Disrupted sleep pattern. This exhibit by too much sleeping, lack of sleep or insomnia. Repeated nightmares may also be present.
- Breathing problems
- Loss of interest in sex or low libido
- Memory loss
- Disrupted menstrual cycle
- Severe fatigue
- Loss of appetite or loss interest in food
- Abrupt gaining or loosing of weight
- Visual disturbances
Emotional warning signs are:
- Feeling of persistent anxiety, nervousness or panic attack
- Paranoid thoughts or feeling that someone will hurt him
- Extreme sadness and hopelessness
- Uncertainty and poor judgment
- Insecurity and low self-esteem
- Uncontrollable weeping
- Guilt sentiment
- Social withdrawal, loss of interest in work and family life
- Failure to perform social function or do normal activities
- Addiction on alcohol or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Grandiosity or thoughts of invincibility
- Inability to move or catatonic posturing
Behavioral warning signs are:
- Sudden and extreme change in mood
- Bizarre behaviors like repetitive movements, rigid pose or masturbating in public
- Shows rage or fury
There is no set of specific cure for the disorder. Although there are lot of treatment methods in dealing with the person. It will depend on the diagnosis of the nervous breakdown symptoms manifested by each individual. It is important to identify and recognize the signs because others may already experience it for years without knowing it. It is good to know the signs so medical or psychological intervention can be scheduled immediately. Sessions with psychotherapist, psychiatrist or psychologist will be a great help.
All people may experience emotional collapse at one point in life. It is a mental health problem and it is inevitable. However, you can avoid it by having a healthy lifestyle coupled with a good relation with family and friends.