What is a ‘nervous breakdown’?

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders

sometimes used by people to describe a stressful situation in which they’re temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life. It’s commonly understood to occur when life’s demands become physically and emotionally overwhelming

So here we go with 5 Early Signs of a Nervous Breakdown

  • Sleeping Too Much or Not Enough

Sleep is almost like alcohol and drug. While excessive sleep may not be as dangerous as illicit substances

Insomnia-like symptoms may surface for many reasons: overthinking, substance abuse and hormonal changes are three common ones.

  • Abusing Alcohol or Drugs

Mental breakdowns and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. Both are used as a method of coping, and both serve only to exacerbate the problem. Chronic abuse of drugs or alcohol will rewire the brain, damage the body, and intensify all other symptoms.

  • Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something bad is going to happen.

Symptoms comprise difficulty breathing, a racing heartbeat, chest pains, and extreme dizziness.

  • Brain Fog

Brain fog, also referred to as ‘clouding of consciousness,’ is an unofficial medical term denoting an abnormality of the overall level of consciousness. The brain’s executive functions – attention, planning, self-control, decision-making, and memory – are regularly the first to experience the brunt of brain fog.

  • A Sense of Overwhelm

“Even small everyday tasks begin to feel like too much to cope with, and social situations seem overwhelming.” Monroe attributes this sense of overwhelm to an “ongoing buildup of worry and stress.”

Here are a few ideas to prevent a nervous breakdown

– get regular exercise: at least three times a week, for 30 minutes

– learn about and practice mindfulness meditation (perhaps the best self-help advice!)

– avoid drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and other stress-inducing substances

– set a regular sleeping schedule and stick to it (even on weekends)

– get 6-8 hours of quality sleep per night

– learn instant relaxation techniques (e.g., “the relaxation response.”)

– incorporate deep breathing into your daily routine

– pace yourself, take mini-breaks, organize your environment and daily activities, and keep a daily to-do list

– stretch or take a brisk walk during break times

– delegate or get someone to help with taxing work


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