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Nervous breakdown is a common an wide social term that includes the various mental illnesses and typical state for breakdown, such as chronic panic disorder. Panic attack means a strong fear and it starts with fast paste breathing level and fast heart rate. These attacks may happen any time and are not necessarily triggered by certain event and real life cause, this is why these are hard to evaluate and signified a general anxiety state of the mind.

A 1996 US study about frequency of nervous breakdown recoded relationship problems marital strain, separation, and other similar type of relationship problems causing 24% of nervous breakdowns. Problems at work or school summed up 17% of cases, and financial problems about 11%. In United States, health problems have levelled down the importance as a contributor to nervous breakdowns. Evaluating the frequency of disorder through time, it recorded 28% of nervous breakdowns in the year 1957, 12% in 1976 and about 5.6% in the year 1996.  

Acute psychological or emotional collapse is a clinical term for nervous breakdown. One to third Americans suffered nervous breakdown at some point in life. Nervous breakdown patient behaves normally at first sight, but suffers nervousness and uncontrollable sorrow. The condition usually occurs due to a tremendous pressure, mental, emotional or physical overload and inability to function at normal level. It is a state of mind (mental disorder) when a metaphoric problem becomes too large in person's mind. 

But the depressive state may look like and have just alike symptoms as a nervous breakdown. Various dramatic life circumstances that may cause harm may inflict nervous breakdown. Circumstance such as: large bank dept, death in the family, job loss, bad relationship, overstressed job or post-traumatic stress disorder. And there are other medical factors that may cause breakdown as well. Factors such as bipolar episodes, schizophrenia, other severe psychological family history, alcohol abuse, drug abuse etc...

Symptoms for nervous breakdown are:

  • appetite loss,
  • insomnia,
  • mental instability,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • nightmares,
  • amnesia,
  • delirium,
  • extreme narcissism,
  • extreme vanity,
  • extreme self-love,
  • disorientation,
  • confusion,
  • loss of self-confidence,
  • loss of self-esteem.

Nervous breakdown do not include:

  • kind of catatonic state
  • decrease loss of interest for activities
  • a fast heartbeat
  • too much sweating
  • over tenseness of muscle,
  • large panic attack
  • self-harm state

Prevention
Recognizing a nervous breakdown signs and asking for psychological aid is the first thing to do. A frequent mood swings increases the level of stress. There are certain prevention that anyone can take if the stress level is high and nervous breakdown is recognized.

  • diet
  • meditation
  • healthy sleep
  • proper exercise
  • using no drugs
  • no alcohol
  • no smoking
  • aromatherapy
  • positive thinking
  • effort to decrease rate of breathing

 Medical treating of nervous breakdown include:

  • counselling or talk with therapies
  • possible psychotherapy
  • using of psychotropic medications
  • using of tranquilizers
  • anti-depressants

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