On the verge of a nervous and mental breakdown, the world no more seems flat. So what are the signs of a nervous breakdown? Sometimes the world can seem like a daunting place. Trying to keep up with the pace of, and pressure and expectations from, the various facets of your life – work, relationships, money, family, leisure, and health – can often become a struggle.
We can become anxious, overbearing and over-compensate. When these struggles become too much to handle, the brain will often overload and lead to a nervous breakdown, a form of mental illness which is defined by the onset of depression or anxiety.
Nervous breakdowns are not a rare thing, but they can be hard to recognize. Additionally, people suffering from a nervous breakdown may not realise it, or refuse to acknowledge the problem. It is, however, extremely important to be able to understand the general signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown so that you can attempt to receive help, or give help to someone who might be suffering from it. Here is a compilation of the most common symptoms of a nervous breakdown
Signs and Symptoms of a nervous breakdown
Physical stress: Over-exertion of the brain is the foremost sign on of the onset of a nervous breakdown. When the brain is exhausted, it often shuts down and leads to physical duress on the body. The stress from the brain trickles to the body most commonly in the form of lethargy, pain, inflammation, gastric problems, stomach cramps, ulcers, diarrhoea and vomiting sensations.
Aggressive behaviour: Antisocial and aggressive behaviour also tends to stem from the onset of a nervous breakdown. Though hard to prove, a nervous breakdown can often lead to out-of-character hostility, and in extreme cases lead to criminality or drug use. These are, of course, extreme and rare cases. However, a general change in character is perceptible from a nervous breakdown, and it often manifests into aggression.
Memory loss: Nervous breakdowns can also cause amnesia, with short term memory lapses, misplacing items, forgetting events and schedules, and confusing time periods, a result of the over-exhaustion of the brain.
Hallucinations: Sufferers may also, in extreme cases, start having hallucinations, delusions and show signs of delirium. They may begin to conjure images, situations and conversations from their mind, and mistake them as having roots in reality. Sufferers, or people on the verge of a breakdown, may also be plagued with nightmares, panic attacks, insomnia and negative thoughts, and can sometimes sleepwalk.
These signs and symptoms can occur simultaneously, or can be isolated incidents. However, they all generally point to the onset or severe forms of a nervous breakdown. The most common element across all of these symptoms is the abrupt change in the personality of sufferers, who become despondent/depressed and chaotic.
[stextbox id="black"]Though these signs and symptoms aren’t the only ones to judge if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from a breakdown, they are a basic guide to help you figure it all out.[/stextbox]