Outbursts, depression, fear, insomnia, and anger are some of the symptoms of a nervous breakdown.
Most of us take these symptoms lightly or we are quick to judge the person, saying he or she is going mad. But this is a serious issue that can escalate to such a point where the person believes everyone is out to get him or her. Hence it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown. It is painful to see a person experience a nervous breakdown. With the help of our life coach, Malti Bhojwani we train you to spot these symptoms that tend to climax into a nervous breakdown if you do not put a stop to it. These are the top 20 symptoms of a nervous breakdown.
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Drastic change in your mood
Malti Bhojwani tells you what to look out for in terms of a nervous breakdown, “My recommendation is to be aware of your mood changes and see if you seem to be in a “low” or “depressed” and “resigned” mood for an extended time. If you stop caring about people and fun activities that you used to enjoy.”
Even though Malti is a Professional Coach and not a Psychologist, she helps you decode nervous breakdown. “Notice if your moods and reactions are irrational compared to how they were in the past and ask close friends and family to help you assess that.”
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Malti explains how to go about with it, “If you have thoughts of ending your life, I would suggest you see a mental health professional, as life preservation is a sign of being of healthy mind, and if you are questioning that then you may be suffering from some mental challenges. I must repeat that there is no shame in it, society used to attach a stigma to mental challenges out of fear because so few can really understand them.”
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Depression is one symptom that is hard to notice by your loved ones, Malti tells you how to recognize depression. “It is common for people to “do” depression, as in they get into the habit of talking in low tones, bending their head down and stooping their shoulders, they stay away from friends and family and avoid all social contact, and they generally feel bad. Sometimes this could just be a habit that they can replace if they are willing and truly want to feel better and come out of it.”
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Stop the depression from hitting the nervous breakdown climax
“If you go into a ditch, then all you can see if the mud and hence it becomes a vicious cycle of feeling even worse, this is why deliberately changing your posture, your facial expression, your routine and your environment, surrounding yourself with loving and positive people and eating, sleeping and exercising can help you feel remarkably better.” explains Malti.
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Coping with stress
What causes stress can have a great impact on your body, mind and healthy. Relationships also suffers, Malti identifies these blocks, “Some people are deeply affected by an event or a situation that really rocked their lives, this could be the loss of someone close, financial loss, a breakup or illness, all these major stressors can take time and may need a grieving period, but often they do heal and reach the stage of acceptance and can get on with their lives in a positive way, but if you find that you are not getting better and not “coping” alone, then you need to seek help.”
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Get professional help
Malti continues “Other times they would benefit from speaking to a professional mental health provider. There is no shame in seeing a psychologist, but in my opinion, be very careful before taking any prescription drugs that a psychiatrist may suggest. Be sure you get a several opinions as many of the medications prescribed for symptoms that display such as: depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis, stress and bipolar disorder may not be the right one for you and may in turn cause dependency and adverse long term effects.”
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“If you are in denial about any drug or alcohol addictions, come clean with someone so that you can truly get the help you need. I don’t mean to trivialise this, and I am aware that many people have very genuine mental challenges which can be treated by an experienced clinical psychiatrist, or through therapy, but if you feel that you can get a hold of yourself, then change your daily habits and start practicing a routine that will support positive feelings and a productive and fulfilling life. Talk to people and search for help. There is always help available, you have to be willing to look for it and to be honest and upfront in what is really going on for you.” elaborates Malti.
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Mental symptoms of nervous breakdown
When you have a lot on your mind, you tend to withdraw from your loved ones. If you do not talk about what’s going on in your mind, it will add up leading to a major outburst. Panic kicks in and fear creeps into your life, making it difficult to get through the day. Another thing is people tend to over think about an issue making it worse.
You will notice that you cannot accomplish simple tasks that you would regularly have no problem with. Before having a nervous breakdown you will experience outburst of anger and you can get easily irritated.
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Mental symptoms of nervous breakdown
Sex life suffers
You know you are experiencing mental health problems when you are not interested in sex or you may experience sexual problems. Poor mental health can separate you from those who love you. You just want to isolate yourself from the rest of the world. You may lose sleep, making you restless throughout the day.
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Mental symptoms of nervous breakdown
Lack of concentration
Stress, lack of sleep, upheaval of emotions will negatively impact your work. It will be difficult for you to focus and pay attention to your daily tasks.
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Physical symptoms of nervous breakdown
We normally do not attribute physical symptoms to a nervous breakdown. But there are several that you should not ignore. A build up to a nervous breakdown would include irregular heart beat, clammy hands, tensed muscles, upset stomach, lack of energy, and dizziness. If you experience these physical symptoms along with mental and emotional symptoms, you know you are like a pressure cooker.
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Emotional symptoms of nervous breakdown
You can’t blame the hormones if you feel like crying, it could be a symptom of a nervous breakdown. Other emotional symptoms include the guilty feeling like you cannot be there for someone you care; paranoia and feeling where you believe people are against you. In other cases, you may lack excitement and happiness in life.
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Signs of nervous breakdown
You know you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown when you want to isolate yourself, not talk to anyone, cry incessantly, constant worrying, tiredness and depression are some of the signs to watch out for that indicate a nervous breakdown is just around the corner. All it needs is a trigger.
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Trigger for a nervous breakdown
This brings us to the next point, after the climax there is always a trigger for a nervous breakdown. Aren’t you told not to open the pressure cooker when it is filled with steam? Same goes for your mind; all it needs is a small push that will spiral into an uncontrollable breakdown.
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Symptoms of panic attack
– sense that you are going crazy
– breathing problems or feeling that you are choking
– a fear of dying
– a feeling that you can’t handle life’s problems
– running away from situations
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Causes of nervous breakdown
– Job stress
– Serious illness
– Financial problems