A ‘NERVOUS BREAKDOWN’? what exactly is that?

WHAT IS A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN? WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO HAVE THEM?

When I was first diagnosed with depression my mother-in-law termed my illness as a “bad case of the nerves”.  I always shook my head at that one, and questioned, what does depression have to do with bad nerves; an incredibly old belief or judgment perhaps?

The term “nervous breakdown” is used by the public to characterize a wide range of mental illnesses. Nervous breakdown is not a medical term and doesn’t indicate a specific mental illness. Generally, the term describes a person who is severely and persistently emotionally distraught and unable to function at his or her normal level.

Often, when people refer to having a nervous breakdown, they’re describing severe depression.

Signs and symptoms of severe depression include:

~~  Agitation or restlessness

~~  Difficulty or inability to stop crying

~~  Sleeping difficulties

~~  Dramatic appetite changes

~~  Indecision

The causes of mental illness usually aren’t clear. But these factors may play a role:

~~  Stress

~~  Drug and alcohol use

~~  Coexisting medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders and certain vitamin deficiencies

~~  Genetics

SOURCE:  MayoClinic.com

 

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cherished79

I am a Mental Health Advocate for mental illness Stigma. In 2007, I created the "Living in Stigma" blog, with the purpose and anticipation of educating people about mental illness. Depression is part of this illness, which intertwines with those struggling with PTSD, chronic pain, and other invisible illnesses. I am a chronic migraine sufferer myself, and a sexual and emotional abuse survivor. My passions are writing, poetry, and art. All abuse Survivors are also Warriors.

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