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Hey there! Let’s begin with the basics of me. My name is Caitlin Jones, and I have been growing up in a country town in Victoria, Australia for the past 20 years of my life. At the moment I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communication majoring in Social Media; ironic, I know. And when I finish with that accomplishment, I am wanting to complete a PhD in the same field, as I am in love with learning in the media and communication area; again, ironic, I know. Oh and if you haven’t noticed already, I suffer from mental illnesses, in particular, anxiety and depression. You can read my blog posts to get the update on that!

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Mental Breakdown: Signs & Symptoms

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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.


Looking for fast and simple remedies for depression? Check out my 10 Quick & Easy Depression Remedies post!

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