A nervous breakdown in most cases, described as a situation when a person loses his or her “nerve” while “broken under the stress” or pressure of the daily grind. It can often present a final stage of a person’s depression, where one is known to lose control over normal behavior and acts unnaturally and extremely uncommon to regular human functioning.
These strange feelings and behaviors are manifested through overwhelming sadness and inability to act against it, lack of motivation and strength to cope with everyday problems, aggressive and malevolent desires in some cases, visions, hallucinations and sensations of hearing noises or voices carrying messages when there are none present in reality. All these and many other cases are possible symptoms of a nervous breakdown connected with psychosis.
Caused by many underlying psychological conditions, nervous breakdowns may manifest through various actions and feelings. Manic disorders cause boosts of self esteem and energy, rash behavior and sleeping disorders. Breakdowns affecting daily actions are connected with anxiety disorders and are often expressed through panic attacks and sleeping disorders. All in all, regardless of the underlying condition, a breakdown is clearly visible through sudden, extreme changes of one’s regular functions and actions.
The reason behind most breakdowns is stress in general. When overwhelmed by it, one might “crack” and lose control thus experiencing this condition. Having that said, and knowing the fact that people all over the world are exposed to a vast quantity of stress daily, we all are potential victims of a nervous breakdown. Additionally, this condition may be caused genetically, making people who are prone to it “ticking time- bombs”, or it can be the last phase of a undergoing depression when it reaches its peak, or, more likely, bottom.
In case of mental breakdowns where there is no nervous system damage or an mental illness present, it can be treated quite easily, through psychiatric consultations and visits. Many people choose this path after the breakdown since the experience itself can give birth to such a decision. Medications are also known to help, so some choose, or are prescribed those. There is great chance of a person getting stronger after such a traumatic experience, realizing his or her weaknesses and advancing mentally into more stable people. In such cases we might even conclude that the breakdown was beneficiary to one’s mental health.
Food choice, regular sleeping, sharing your feelings when depressed, either with a professional or your loved ones or taking breaks from work all may be excellent in preventing breakdowns from ever happening to you.