7 Signs of a Nervous Breakdown & How to deal with it?
In this fast paced and highly competitive life, things like stress, depression, anxiety have become common characteristics of our lives. We seldom ignore certain things, keeping it low-key thinking it happens to everybody. In such situations of overwhelming feelings of emotions, we forget that we might be suffering from something disastrous which has the capacity to ruin us!
Even though “Nervous Breakdown” is not yet defined as a medical term, it is regarded as an unimportant issue which many might think to ignore. It is one of the underlying factors of mental illness like depression or anxiety. It can be defined as a situation of total emotional and mental collapse, where person is unable to perform his/her daily roles in an efficient manner. There are various signs which may signify nervous breakdown. Here are some of them:
Loss of Interest in things
People suffering from nervous breakdown generally lose all their interest in the things they once liked doing it. They do not eat properly and lose their appetite, they hardly get excited for doing the things they loved like their hobbies and get disinterested generally.
Want to be aloof and lonely
At situations when living seems like a task, people prefer being alone and avoid social gathering or meeting people. They become aloof and have social withdrawals even when they are around people. They mostly go into depression because of that.
Low Self Esteem
It is easy to identify a person going through nervous breakdown when he/she possess very low self-esteem. They are highly demotivated and lose their confidence in even petty things. They feel like losers and always have a guilt feeling which makes them low and dull.
Being on the edge always
Nervous exhaustion takes people on the edge. They become irritated and frustrated. People having nervous breakdown have lots of mood swings and becomes moody.
Even though people don’t take nervous breakdown as an illness, many of its symptoms comes from medical issues people face. They get sleep deprived; have migraines, face breathing problems, low libido, memory loss, fatigue and many more.
Hallucinations and Paranoia
At the time of nervous breakdown, it’s not just the physical health that gets affected, but also mental stress makes a person insane. Hallucination and paranoid thoughts, hearing voices and having dying thoughts have a huge impact on the emotions of a person which takes him/her to a dark place. Sometimes people even lose their contact with reality having strange behavior and speech impairments.
Unexplainable Physical Pains
A person suffering from nervous breakdowns many a times feel physical pains which are unexplainable. It can be because the body is out of balance and it feels like cramps.
There are many such symptoms which signify nervous breakdown which accelerates anxiety and depression levels in a person, but it needs to be understood that getting stressed or tensed because of some traumatic experience in life is not the end of the world. In situations like these, it’s important to make yourself understand the importance of little things in life. Having a nervous breakdown is like getting yourself into a ditch which is full of mud. But it’s important that you find your way back and come out of that ditch to enjoy the real things. For this, first and foremost is the acceptance of having a problem and the urge to do the following in order to cope up with the troubles:
- Seek professional help
- Exercise to relieve the stress and use your energy on doing some physical activity. Also exercise acts as a motivating factor.
- Learn and practice relaxing techniques. Practicing yoga or meditation are great stress busters. Long walks, music, travelling, reading also helps in such situations.
- In case of serious mental issues, seek medical help and get medication or get therapy.
- Talking to friends and family helps a lot. It takes away lot of pressure and makes you more lively and connected to your loved ones.
- Find solutions to your problems instead of thinking that it cannot be solved. Be calm and find answers to unanswered questions.
- Put up short term goals and work towards them to achieve it. Prioritizing things can give you an objective to achieve.
- Celebrate your small wins and enjoy the little victories in life.
- Change your vision to being more optimistic and always look at glass as half full. It’s the perspective that changes your thinking.
Even though, these small tips seem easy and doable, in situations like nervous breakdowns and anxiety, it is important to understand that, with little inspiration, you can overcome such problems. And at the end, it is only YOU and YOUR WILL POWER, which can take you out from the darkest places and show you the light. So listen to yourself and always surround yourself with happy and good hearted people and know that…You are Important!
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