A nervous breakdown in most cases, described as asituation 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’sdepression, where one is known to lose control over normal behavior and actsunnaturally and extremely uncommon to regular human functioning.
These strange feelings and behaviors are manifested throughoverwhelming sadness and inability to act against it, lack of motivation and strengthto cope with everyday problems, aggressive and malevolent desires in somecases, visions, hallucinations and sensations of hearing noises or voicescarrying messages when there are none present in reality. All these and manyother cases are possible symptoms of a nervous breakdown connected with psychosis.
Caused by many underlying psychological conditions, nervousbreakdowns may manifest through various actions and feelings. Manic disorderscause boosts of self esteem and energy, rash behavior and sleeping disorders.Breakdowns affecting daily actions are connected with anxiety disorders and areoften expressed through panic attacks and sleeping disorders. All in all,regardless of the underlying condition, a breakdown is clearly visible throughsudden, extreme changes of one’s regular functions and actions.
The reason behind most breakdowns is stress in general. Whenoverwhelmed by it, one might “crack” and lose control thus experiencing thiscondition. Having that said, and knowing the fact that people all over theworld are exposed to a vast quantity of stress daily, we all are potential victimsof 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 lastphase of a undergoing depression when it reaches its peak, or, more likely,bottom.
In case of mental breakdowns where there is no nervoussystem damage or an mental illness present, it can be treated quite easily,through psychiatric consultations and visits. Many people choose this pathafter the breakdown since the experience itself can give birth to such adecision. Medications are also known to help, so some choose, or are prescribedthose. There is great chance of a person getting stronger after such atraumatic experience, realizing his or her weaknesses and advancing mentallyinto more stable people. In such cases we might even conclude that thebreakdown was beneficiary to one’s mental health.
Food choice, regular sleeping, sharing your feelings whendepressed, either with a professional or your loved ones or taking breaks fromwork all may be excellent in preventing breakdowns from ever happening to you.