Hello lovelies, welcome back to my page. If you haven’t read my previous posts then you may not know that I suffer from bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder with agoraphobia. This has been for a very long time and during that time I’ve had two nervous breakdowns the first my family and friends didn’t really know what was going on and what to do about it to help me so I thought I’d make a list of ten signs to help show people who might be going through this or have a friend or family member they are worried about going through it and give them the signs to look out for. Mental illness is real as real as getting the chicken pox and there definitely isn’t enough people talking about it so I’m trying to raise awareness and even if this helps just one person it’s done something.
So here are my top ten signs to look out for:
A nervous breakdown, also commonly referred to as a mental or emotional breakdown, is used to describe a situation in which someone cannot function normally because of overwhelming stress.
Although the term ‘nervous breakdown’ once referred to a variety of mental illnesses— like anxiety, depression, and acute stress disorder—medical professionals no longer use it. The average person may still refer to their symptoms by this name, however, so it’s important to discuss the 10 common signs which are….
Nervous breakdowns typically occur due to extreme amounts of stress. And depression is a common reaction to stress. A person may experience depressive symptoms, including “loss of hope and thoughts of suicide or self-harm.” An individual may also feel hopeless, be low on energy, and display a lack of interest in their normal activities. Feelings of sadness are also common, along with episodes of crying uncontrollably.
Along with depression, anxiety is another common reaction to intense stress. And may come in the form of “constant worry that something bad is going to happen—although you may not be able to pinpoint exactly what’s making you nervous.”
Physical symptoms of anxiety often include trembling, muscle tension, dizziness, increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Stomach cramping or stomach aches may also occur.
3. Extreme Mood Swings
If your emotions have been all over the map lately, it may be a sign of an impending nervous breakdown. These emotions are oftentimes overwhelmingly negative, where you “feel uncontrollably angry, helpless, or fearful and even have emotional outbursts or crying spells.”
Although, “you may also feel very good about yourself for no reason.” Increased sensitivity is also common, where you take what others say personally, or become easily upset about things that are unrelated to you.
4. Panic Attacks
Panic attacks can be a warning sign [of a nervous breakdown, especially if they happen frequently within a short period of time. Mentally, this can mean a person experiences extreme fear, or a detachment from reality and themselves.
Physically, panic attacks can cause symptoms like sweating, heart palpitations, increased heart rate, nausea, shaking, and dizziness. An affected individual may also experience tightness in their chest that causes them to have trouble breathing.
Are you suddenly worried that someone is watching you or stalking you? It may be a sign that you’re having a nervous breakdown. This paranoia may be accompanied by auditory or visual hallucinations.
They may see and hear things that are not there, the voices may be telling them to harm themselves, or that they can not trust others.
6. Odd Happenings
Having a nervous breakdown can also cause people to experience strange happenings. These may include flashbacks of a traumatic event, which can suggest undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Additionally, time may seem to speed up or slow down for these individuals. Or they may experience heightened senses of sight, smell, or taste. people’s voices may also sound strange to them, For instance, their voice may sound hollow or like there are two people talking at the same time.
7. Trouble Concentrating
Having trouble concentrating? It may indicate you’re suffering from a nervous breakdown. This is because chronic stress fries your attention span, which in turn can affect your ability to concentrate on things like work tasks and driving.
In extreme cases, excessive amounts of the stress hormone cortisol can deteriorate your memory. Additionally, you may have troubles with problem solving and making decisions, and experience disorientation.
8. Appetite Changes
A nervous breakdown can also cause affect appetite. While it may cause some people to not eat enough, others might struggle with eating too much.
In the case of those who overeat, it’s not likely that they’re making healthy food choices, either, as The stress hormone cortisol can trigger cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods, While these comfort foods may help you to feel better temporarily, eating too much of them over time can be bad for your health and may lead to weight gain which is exactly what happened to me.
9. Unusual Sleep Patterns
Changes in someone’s sleep pattern can also be a sign that they’re experiencing a nervous breakdown. Some people find that they go into sleep overdrive.
As stress affects everyone differently, though, others may struggle with insomnia, where they find themselves laying awake at night mentally rehearsing situations over and over again that have no solution.
10. Indifference and Isolation
As mentioned earlier, people suffering from a nervous breakdown may find themselves disinterested in regular activities, even those they used to enjoy. This is usually referred to as indifference and may extend to everyday tasks like cleaning, and caring for one’s hygiene and appearance. They may also lack care about what they eat, and can go without food for extended periods of time.
Someone going through a nervous breakdown may feel isolated and may withdraw from friends and family, worsening that feeling.
If you think you know someone who may be showing some on these symptoms and need help I urge you to really talk to them, try to get them the proper help they need even if they say no (they probably will I did) keep at them show them you will be there by their side supporting them all the way. You can usually find the closest mental health team on google and they will pass you on to the correct people.