A mental breakdown, Britney ’07 might come to mind, but what is it exactly?
It’s when a heavy combination of anxiety and depression emotions have been building up over a period of time and haven’t been released. This emotional build up can disable a person to be unable to cope with the usual daily routine. Yet a mental breakdown can also be triggered by a single event that provokes intense amounts of stress; this can be the loss of a loved one, traumatic accident, heartbreak, work/financial strains. However, there is ‘no medical term/diagnosis‘ of a mental breakdown, it is more so known as an identifier for an ‘underlying mental health condition‘ (e.g. depression, anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress disorder).
Signs and symptoms of a mental breakdown:
As signs and symptoms of a mental breakdown depend on the mental illness experienced by the individual, because of this, there are numerous indications of a mental breakdown. Someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder may not show the symptoms another person did, as they suffer from depression and only afflicted by the depressive symptoms of a mental breakdown. This concept is more for when an individual is suffering from a mental health condition. If a person was to experience a traumatic event that stimulates a breakdown, it is regarded as a ‘temporary and acute‘ incident that may only require a time of rest and relaxation. Either way, if you are concerned about any symptoms and/or your state of mind speak to a medical professional.
The usual signs and symptoms of a mental breakdown include:
- lack of motivation and interest from what normally would be joyful or completed
- a drastic change in sleep schedule with either oversleeping or loss of sleep
- thoughts of suicidal and/or self-harm and acting upon them
- weight loss or gain due to either an increase or decrease in appetite
- nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, etc.
- withdrawal of social situations and/or large crowds
- feelings of fear, hopelessness and/or weakness
SymptomFind goes into more detail on the mental illness categories of signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, panic attacks, paranoia, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. Read more here SymptomFind: Signs and Symptoms of Nervous Breakdown
If you’re worried about your own emotions and feelings, please get in contact with a medical professional or call your local mental health helpline.
All material is provided for informational use and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice or instruction. If you or someone you know needs help, consult a medical professional.
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s safety, please call your local emergency response number and/or a mental health helpline.
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