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How do I know when I've reached my breaking point

Updated on May 17, 2012

Everyone reaches a time in their lives where they reach an emotional breaking point. Not many people can tell when they have reached it. Some assume that they have hit that "rock-bottom" when they have, in reality, not come close, and other people have hit their breaking point so many times that they become physically ill from the emotional stress.

What is a Breaking Point

A breaking point (A.K.A- hitting rock bottom) is the term in meaning that someone has held in their stress, anger, depression to the point of where their body may feel sick or lose function either temporarily or permanently, they reach the point of a new mental issue that usually persists (such as new suicidal/homicidal thoughts) and they usually lose control of their ability to complete normal, every-day activities or functions. There are many phrases and ways to word this issue, but there are even more symptoms that occur from it than we understand.

Emotions and the brain

All of the emotions that we experience from birth are stored in the brain (limbic system) along with memories (hippocampus). Researchers of the brain and emotion are constantly debating if emotion belongs to one specific area of the brain... and here is my explanation. Different areas of the brain

may cause you to lose interest in things that you loved to do just the day before, may cause you to so suffer

Effects of emotion on the human body

When a person is under allot of stress to the point of where they reach a breaking point or rock-bottom, their whole life may change in a flash.

Every brain works differently

Different, and unique areas of the brain are activated depending on each individual. The ranges of differences can be set from a multitude of factors from body mass to height ratios, birth defects, allergies-triggering commonly active or deactivated areas of the brain due to stress and blood pressures (unstable or not), developmental disorders (permanent, reoccurring, or past), and so on. Since each person is different, stress or traumatic events may induce physical symptoms in one individual than with another. Lets say an average person with a healthy body and normal vitals hits their breaking point... they may feel no symptoms verses someone who has been obese for almost all of their life may have a heart attack or some part of their body fail. Of course this could very well be the exact opposite, it only depends on genetics, health (both mentally and physically), hygiene, and many other factors.

If you are reading this, you have probably reached your breaking point. Your breaking point may change your life. Your perspective of the world may change, how you see people, your daily activities. For the many people that are lucky to reach a breaking point and peaceful conclusion, you may only have to endure another side of yourself temporarily. For other, rather unlucky people, a breaking point may cause part of your brain to shut down or cause a chemical imbalance in the brain, leading to mental or physical disorders.

Reaching a breaking point is never fun and it drastically changes your life and mind-set either permanently or temporarily. I wish you all the best, and when you do reach your breaking point, remember that this is only one time. A road has many breaks and cracks, but the only way it can be fixed is by finding help. Find the nearest person to you and ask them for help, or go online and search for organizations that may have the answers or even someone to talk to.

Losing control... Broken heart.

When you are feeling like you are losing control or have a broken heart from your last relationship...You may come to the conclusion that it is the end of the world, or that you are worth nothing. Every person in the world meets many other people each day, crushing on someone new at work, school or on the streets, or we lose everything we have....

There are programs and wealthy people that help the needy, but you have to talk to good people and find out how to get help instead of holding a sign for spare change on the side of a free-way exit. There are many new people to fall in love with. There are approximately 7 billion people on planet earth... what makes you think there is not someone else for you with the traits you need in a lover. When someone treats you wrong the first time (RRRRRRRTT- pound on the brakes), time to find someone that will treat you like you deserve to be treated.

Lots of good wishes to you! Keep your chin up and find a solution... you have never searched everywhere!!


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    • Brandon Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandon Martin 

      6 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Hahaha! Thank you!

    • ptosis profile image


      6 years ago from Arizona

      I did not know that "RRRRRRRTT" was the sound of pounding on the brakes). But I find it a beterr example of onomatopoeia than 'Screech' - which sounds more of a witch that's bitchin'.


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