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Anatomy of a Nervous Breakdown

Updated on July 4, 2016
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What is a "Nervous Breakdown"?

"Nervous Breakdown" is a term which is no longer used by the medical community, but it is a great way to describe how it FEELS. I know because I've been there. Your doctor may refer to it as "situational depression" or "anxiety disorder". Others may call it "burn-out".

Whatever label you use, a breakdown is not something to take lightly. It does not mean that someone just needs a little break to rest. It is a serious situation. Here are some of my own insights into recognizing when you or someone you know is heading down that road, and suggestions for how to get back on the healthy one. You will definitely want to avoid a breakdown, but if you do find yourself there, take heart, you can come back. Read on!

The drawing you see here is one I created as I thought about what those who read this may most need to hear. All art work and photos included here are my own. Please respect.

For those of you who are reading this and can identify, know you are not alone.

Defining Nervous Breakdown - ...in my own words...

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My Own Definition of Nervous Breakdown

After having been through it myself, here is my definition of a "nervous breakdown":

"A seemingly sudden loss of ability to cope with everyday life. A sense of complete collapse of inner strength and drive. This is usually preceded by months of unrelenting, unmonitored stress in more than one area of one's life and results in the inability to regain strength and composure with the normal few hours or days of rest. Recovery usually requires removal from the stressful event or situation, long-term rest, counseling in coping abilities and, possibly, medication."

A Workbook to Help You

A nervous breakdown is a reaction to too much trauma. This workbook, designed to assist the reader in their journey toward recovery after trauma, has received high reviews including the following: “For those who believe that they will never feel ‘normal’ after a traumatic event, this workbook provides many techniques that survivors can use to jump-start their recovery…an extremely important tool for growth and strength.”

—James D. Baxendale, PhD, CTS

It's a useful and informative tool to use over a period of time even if you just are beginning to feel the burden of stress on your system.

Another's Definition of Nervous Breakdown - From a Non-profit Agency Called "Helpguide"

Here is another definition of nervous breakdown, or as they call it here, "burnout". I feel it is a very accurate description of what can lead you down that road.

From Helpguide:

"Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give."

How it Feels to Me - Overwhelmed by Life

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What to Watch for in Terms of Symptoms - From My Personal Experience

Pay attention and watch out for signs. Everything I list below happened to me. They are some of the things you may also experience as you near a "crash", so to speak. Maybe it can help you to recognize your own signs and stop it in its tracks before it goes too far. Try to catch it early!

Remember, when you are in the middle of it, you don't necessarily recognize it for what it is. If people start asking you what is wrong or saying you just don't seem like your usual self, pay attention.

Here's How I Felt

  • Difficulty focusing on things.
  • When shifting from one thing to another, getting disoriented and forgetting what you are doing.
  • Feeling angry and irritable much of the time.
  • No longer wanting to go out for those get-togethers with co-workers. Spending more time by yourself.
  • Being frequently late for work. Finding yourself behind and stressing yourself out further by hurrying.
  • You may stop finding joy in anything. Oh, you may still laugh at times, but, somehow nothing at all really interests you.
  • Trouble with sleep: getting to sleep, staying asleep and difficulty getting up in the morning.
  • Being frequently sick and having headaches.
  • Finally, a version of what happened to me may happen to you: One day you may go to work and feel extremely depressed. You may not be able to pull yourself out of it. You might feel panicky and become almost non-functional and try to find a "safe" place. You may not be able to stop crying. At this point you could be placed on an 2 to 8-week medical leave. You may crash so suddenly that it takes you by surprise. Don't you want to avoid this?

    When you get to the point where all you can do is curl up into a ball and hope everything goes away, it's definitely time to get some help. However, you will be much better off (trust me) if you take care of yourself before it gets that far.

Do You Really Want This?

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Or, How About This!?

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What Can Cause a Breakdown? - My Personal Experience

When you are on the way to a breakdown, you tend to not to recognize it. Because you are so immersed in the experience, you are not necessarily thinking rationally, but, because it can develop over years, you do have time to catch it if you pause and pay attention. To show you how it can build up, here is a composite summary of my experience.

No one thing on its own would have been too much for me, but the glass can get too full too quickly and stay that way for too long. What is stressful for me might not necessarily be so for you. Think about how things are accumulating for you and change the things that can be changed.

What Lead Up To My Breakdown

  • MAJOR MOVE: I moved from the Northwest to the Northeast--making a change from a very friendly, laid-back community to an intense and fast-paced one. I hadn't anticipated the impact this change would have on me. Investigate these sorts of changes before you make them, be realistic about your expectations and have a plan to help yourself through the shift.
  • LOSS OF JOB: I think this is one of the more difficult things for us all to deal with. It is such a major part of our perceived identity. So many of us go through it and, yet, we feel lost and alone. Its best to get back up on your feet as quickly as you can. Stay active.
  • CHANGE IN LIVING SITUATION: After living alone for many years out west, when I moved east I married and moved into a home with extended family. I did not realize how hard it would be and did not prepare myself for the change. Know your limits.
  • STRESSFUL WORK ENVIRONMENT: Not only was my career itself inherently stressful, but the specific situation was, as well. I did not have the autonomy I was used to in previous jobs. In addition, I had a long drive. I tried, perhaps too hard, to be good, to please. The lesson here is to take care of yourself first and don't put up with a situation that is not working well for you.
  • NO OPPORTUNITY FOR A BREAK: I spent long hours during holidays at work and was not able to take breaks when I needed them. It would have been a good idea to get myself out of such a stressful work environment or, at least, insist on much-needed breaks.
  • DEATH OF A CLOSE RELATIVE: I spent 5 days and nights with my father by his bedside while he lay in a coma. I tried to do too much on my own. I felt honored to be there for him and thought I would have a very spiritual response to his death, but I was a mess. The lesson here was: don't try to do it all alone. Accept help.
  • LACK OF SUPPORT FROM THE PERSON CLOSEST TO ME: Believe me, this alone could break anyone.
  • NO LET-UP: Of course, there were other stressors in there as well, some big, some small, but it was really the constant presence of stress that did me in, as well as the feeling of lack of control at work. My body was constantly pushing out stress hormones and did not have time to fully recover. Finally, my system just shut down.

Feeling Out of Balance? - Warning: this might make you feel dizzy...

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...but isn't it how you feel sometimes? The message here is to keep yourself balanced for smooth sailing. When you start to feel the scales tip, stop and even things out again. You will be glad you did.

How to Know if You Are Heading for a Breakdown - Checklists & Questionnaires from Experts

Sometimes these brief questionnaires can give some insight into our mindset. Try these and see if they help you to shed a bit of light on your situation.

Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive
Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive

Most reviewers loved this book and only a few found it to be too focused on the writer's personal experiences. If you find a "new age" approach helpful, this would probably be a very good book for you.

 

Anxiety: a Major Component of "Falling Apart"

Anxiety is a major part of breaking down or falling apart. Some people have a natural tendency to frequently feel anxious. Others may develop a problem with anxiety after experiencing something traumatic. Anxiety Disorder is a recognized diagnosis among general practitioners and those in the mental health field. This recent article about anxiety, which can be found at CNN.com, is fairly comprehensive and easy to understand.

Pause - Breathe

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Take time to pause periodically, settle in, calm your mind and body. Ask yourself what you can let go of. Tell yourself, "Everything is going to be OK."

The Dangers of Chronic Stress & The Connection to Breakdown

It seems that one of the key factors--and maybe even THE key factor--that will trigger a breakdown is on-going, chronic stress. Read on for new research on the effects of chronic stress.

You May be Under More Stress Than Your Boss - Aired on the BBC July of 2011

Here is a link to an excellent radio program from the BBC on stress. It not only reports the findings of new research, but shares ways in which we can help ourselves. Here is a quote from the introduction:

"Bosses at work may be under pressure - but does the stress drive them to an early grave? The Whitehall Study has followed UK Civil Servants for more than four decades, showing that other workers are more at risk. Professor Sir Michael Marmot from University College London found that those in lower-status jobs - who have less control over any pressures, were dying younger."

Sometimes It's the Little Things... - ...That bring us the most Joy

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Pay attention to the little things. Keep your eyes and mind open to what's around you and find wonder in the smallest of things. Let it become a habit by noticing something new every day. You must balance out all the little negative things with lots of little positive things. It can really help your state of mind and increase your creativity, too.

Stress at Work

So much of our lives are spent in work-mode. If the work you do on a daily basis is stressful for you, then a huge chunk of your life may be leading you toward a personal crisis. The articles in the links below will help you to take a look at this, helping you recognize and cope with the challenges of workplace stress.

"Stress in the workplace can impact health and happiness. Learn how to manage stress in the workplace...", Discovery Health."

How to Help Yourself - My Personal Experience

Here is a list of what has worked for me.

My Tools

  1. Know yourself: your limits, your particular stressors, what you can handle and can't. Don't fool yourself. (Sometimes, though, we learn the hard way, don't we?)
  2. Find a healthy outlet for stress. Exercise is a very good one. Get yourself out there in the world. See friends. Go for a walk. Even if you don't want to. Force yourself.
  3. Take time every day to create some calm in your life. Meditate. Try Yoga.
  4. Be familiar with your childhood fears. When irrational fears come creeping into your mind, talk to them as an adult with a rational response. Write it down.
  5. If you can keep a short diary every day,it will help you to see, on paper, what is causing you the most stress and how long it has been going on - shedding a little light of reality on the situation.
  6. When you find that a certain situation is causing you constant, unrelenting stress,find a way to get out of the situationor to minimize it somehow.
  7. If you need help, get it. Its not worth holding out and thinking you can do it all by yourself. If the kind of help you are getting or the person who is helping you is not right for you, find someone else. Don't give up. Don't let money be an obstacle. Try local medical clinics, social service organizations, support groups, churches.....
  8. If friends and family offer you help, take it.That is what we are here for - to help each other through this life.
  9. It takes time to recover, but you WILL recover. You may need to sleep A LOT. Get yourself out in the world as much as you can. Be patient and gentle with yourself.
  10. Consider helping other people. Studies show that this increases your own sense of well-being. Even if it is as simple as holding the door for someone and smiling, it's a good start.

Take Care of Yourself - Just like this butterfly drawing nectar from the flower...

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...feed yourself, nuture yourself.

Love This Book!

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

This book changed the way I view myself. It gave me hope and helped me to better understand the way I operate.This book is probably the SINGLE MOST HELPFUL BOOK I have found. If you would describe yourself as being intuitive, aware and sensitive to everything around you, this book is a goldmine of helpful, insightful information! An A+! Check it out. Even if you aren't usually a "sensitive" person, this book will be helpful to you if you are trying to avoid a breakdown, because, as you near a breakdown, you are ultra-sensitive.

 

The Highly Sensitive Person - One of My Favorite Books (see above)

Here is a link to the author's website. Check it out.

The Rule of Three - From the Marines: Functioning Effectively Under Stress

The US Marine Corps bases it's operations on what is called the "rule of three". They have learned that in order to function effectively in stressful situations, each person should focus on no more than 3 things. This discipline is something that may work for you if you are overwhelmed, under stress and trying to avoid an emotional breakdown.

If you are interested in military strategy, which is the main focus of the article, you may wish to read the entire piece.

Help From Cognitive Behavior Therapy - It's all about how you look at things.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy was extremely helpful to me in my recovery. It helps you to think of things in a different, more realistic way. The Mayo Clinic describes it this way:

"By helping you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, cognitive behavioral therapy allows you to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way......It can be a very effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations."

Here is some more information on it.

You May Feel All Alone - Just Like This Mussel Shell Washed Up Onto a Big Rock

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You may FEEL alone, but you aren't and you don't have to feel that way. Notice others who are having a similar problem. Pay attention to those who want to help. Acknowledge your connection to everyone and everything.

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How Others Can Misunderstand a Breakdown

Recently, I was able to, first hand, hear the painful reality of how many people view a nervous breakdown. In hushed tones, a conversation ensued near me about an acquaintance of mine. The gist of it was that he's OK as long as he takes his pills and if he's a little off, well, he must not have taken his medication that day. This is all because he had "some kind of breakdown". The implication was that he's not normal and there was a sense of mystery and judgement about what was "wrong" with him.

The very telling piece of this is that, as much as I wanted to, I could not bring myself to defend him. I was too concerned about being labeled in the same way.

There is Hope - Don't Give Up!

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Take care of yourself, get help, see the beauty in little things.

I believe we are all pieces of a larger puzzle; that we are each a part of the whole brilliant pattern. I look at the sky at night and see the stars spread out. It doesn't make me feel small. I feel large. I am in awe at my ability to see these stars, to sense my body in its place and I feel a part of everything. This has helped me. Perhaps that thought can help you too.

What is your personal experience with burnout or nervous breakdown?

Have you experienced what might be called a nervous breakdown?

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? - Stop & get immediate help!

If you are feeling like you want to just leave this world rather than continue to try and cope, please follow these links and get help immediately.

Nature as Healer

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Nature can be very calming and healing. Try finding places or images of nature that give you a sense of peace. It's a healthy way to help yourself relax and recover. These lovely and colorful little flowers are called Gomphrena. They were grown by my best friend from high school and her husband. Long-time friends are a wonderful gift, too!

I Should Be Burnt Out By Now... So How Come I'm Not?: How You Can Survive and Thrive in Today's Uncertain World
I Should Be Burnt Out By Now... So How Come I'm Not?: How You Can Survive and Thrive in Today's Uncertain World

Here the author offers a practical and ordered approach to avoiding burnout, particularly in the workplace.

 

Look for Beauty in the Shadows

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Even in the darkest of times there is beauty. Seek it out. I took this photo on a cold and rainy winter night in the parking lot of a large mall. Standing under the trees along the edge of the lot and looking up at their branches to see them bathed in light from the security lamps against the black sky was surprisingly beautiful.

Disability Insurance - Just in Case...

If the company you work for offers disabilty insurance, TAKE IT. If not, read this advice on finding some for yourself. Get help before you go over the edge. Believe me, it will be worth it. Time and money lost will be greater than you think if you don't nip it in the bud. And, having protection like disability insurance can be a huge help if you should get to the point where you need to take a leave from work.

Try Relaxing With Sound

Ocean Waves (Alpha Relaxation Solution)
Ocean Waves (Alpha Relaxation Solution)

A relaxation CD based on studies of the brain.

 

Peaceful Music

Canyon Trilogy: Native American Flute Music
Canyon Trilogy: Native American Flute Music

I listened to Carlos Nakai in a small group setting several years ago and had a spontaneous and profound experience where I felt deep love for everyone and saw how we are all connected.

 

A "Feel-Good" Memory

...and how it helps me

The Northern Lights: have you ever seen them? Aren't they amazing?

I have viewed the Northern Lights, or Aurora-borealis, several times, all in upper Michigan. My favorite time was on Mackinac Island in Michigan where I watched a night sky full of white airy lights flowing and dancing above--not just at the horizon like they usually are, but filling the night sky. I was with a friend on the boardwalk along the lake and we were so mesmerized that we laid down on the walkway and watched for hours. That is my go-to, feel-good memory when I need to think of something pleasant. Find your own memory or image to take you on a sort of mini-break in your mind.

The Northern Lights in Motion - presented by National Geographic

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Well-Known People Who Have Had a "Nervous Breakdown"

  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Walt Disney
  • William James
  • Annie Lennox
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Sylvia Plath
  • David Selznik
  • Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
  • Brian Wilson
  • Virginia Woolf

Quotes About Nervous Breakdowns

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

~ Bertrand Russell

"It's unthinkable not to love - you'd have a severe nervous breakdown."

~ Lawrence Durrell

"A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings."

~ Earl Wilson

"Failed in business at age 31. Defeated for the legislature at 32. Again failed in business at 34. Sweetheart died at 35. Had a nervous breakdown at 36. Defeated in election at 38. Defeated for Congress at 43. Defeated for Congress at 46. Defeated for Congress at 48. Defeated for Senate at 55. Defeated for Vice President at 56. Defeated for Senate at 58. Elected President at age 60. This man was Abraham Lincoln."

~ Unknown

BURN BRIGHTLY WITHOUT BURNING OUT
BURN BRIGHTLY WITHOUT BURNING OUT

HIGHLY reviewed by everyone who has commented. From Amazon's description: "Richard K. Biggs examines twenty delicate contrasts we all face and urges readers to gradually improve the balance between work and the other aspects of life. Filled with examples and exercises, each brief chapter reveals timeless truths, offers practical application tips, and issues a call to action."

 

Have Faith in the Future - Never give up

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Being Hospitalized - Sometimes you need extra help

Sometimes people are so debilitated from a stressful situation that they need more help than can be given while remaining in their own home. Choosing to be hospitalized for a nervous breakdown is a responsible thing to do. I have gotten to that point myself.

If all you can seem to handle is lying in bed, or if you feel you no longer know what to do and want to give up, going to the emergency room of a hospital may be the best thing to do. The hospital you choose may be able to admit you there, or they may evaluate and transfer you to another facility. Here is one of the very best.

Be Well

You are not alone.

If you are going through this kind of experience yourself, you are not alone and you are not weak. It is a human experience.

After the storm of it all is over, you will know yourself at a deeper level. This is good. You will know your limits. You will know when to let go of something that is not in your best interest. Decide to use this experience to strengthen yourself, not to live in fear of what "may happen" in the future, but rejoicing in yourself, your strengths and your newfound knowledge of who you are in the world of choice.

Your Job Now - Reality Check

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If you are heading for a breakdown or already there, your only "job" now should be taking care of yourself. And, I mean taking care of yourself in a healthy way. No indulging in sugars, alcohol or whatever else you think might make you feel better. Your job is to get yourself functional and healthy again. No fibbing to yourself, no justifying. Get help, if you need it, but take GOOD care of yourself. It's up to you!

Great Book! - The Happiness Project

I have been reading this book bit by bit and want to share it with you all. It is very helpful for people who want to create a more balanced and happy life for themselves. It is written by a woman who decided to dedicate a year's worth of time to gradually make seemingly small changes in her life in order to more completely enjoy her family, her friends and her work and her self. Ultimately, those small changes ended up making a big difference. Check it out and consider following along with her and try these changes yourself.

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      little3 22 months ago

      Well,the post is ok, but calling a breakdown a nervous breakdown is not what it is, that doesn't even attempt to describe it. Its a mental breakdown it effects the mind and you will not know you are in one when you have it. The severities of a breakdown are all different, but its not depression. Its not just a every day anxiety attack.

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      care1953 2 years ago

      Well, i can tell you that one nervous breakdown can come back on you several times and if you do not face into it, the medication just keeps it and bay it, it doesn't cure it. you have to face into that turmoil and then the effects will go.

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      Echo Phoenix 3 years ago

      Excellent lens! My breakdown was devastating and no one, not one single person in my life stood by me as I went completely mad... but I did crawl thru to the other side of things eventually. Now look out world, you have raised a lioness :D

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      Mala Papachan 3 years ago from Matlock Bath, England

      I can relate to a lot of things you mentioned in this lense, you have a talent to infuse light and hope in a lot of dark areas. I have a feeling I will be back to read some more! Well done!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Is claire weekes books talking about a mental breakdown? Can someone answer

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I would like to ask a question is claire weekes talking about a mental breakdown but she called it a nervous breakdown or nervous illness. I call it a crack up

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      A very comprehensive and useful lens. I certainly agree about the healing power of nature. My garden is the place I go when I feel stress building. As you emphasised, it is the accumulation of stressors that can lead to a tipping point in anyone's life.

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      charity-keith1 3 years ago

      Who is the author of this page ? I sure would like to talk !

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 years ago

      I need to reduce my stress! Thanks for the info.

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      FYI to anyone returning to this page who had earlier left a comment: I accidentally deleted one of the comments. It was an accident. Please don't think that I was discounting you and your note. XO

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      @April Wier: Take good care of yourself! Don't make the mistake of thinking you can do just one more potentially stressful thing right now. That's my advice. XO

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      @dakadare: That's it. A number of stressful events happening at the same time or close together is the classic trigger for a breakdown and, for anyone else reading this note, it is so true that it can take a long time to recover. It's amazing how your mind and body just simply shut down. It sounds as if you are doing well now and I hope you continue to take good care of yourself.

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Great videos.

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      @GiftsByDiana: It sounds as if you went through an incredible deluge of stressful experiences. It's a good example of exactly what can cause a breakdown. I hope you are happy continue to have success in managing your situation and the anxiety.

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      @SavioC: Oh, I am so glad that this has been helpful to you! That is my intent. I'm glad you found the article. Perhaps it was a synchronistic, "no accident" discovery.

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      @clevergirlname: I know I'm late in responding, still I want to let you know that having good support is critical. Don't hesitate to seek it from various sources. Many people have experienced the same thing as you, they just might not make it very public. Let people know what's happening for you. XO

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      April Wier 3 years ago

      I am recovering from almost complete exhaustion due to a very stressful year. I, too, found the Highly Sensitive Person very helpful.

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      dakadare 3 years ago

      When I was about 40 I had a breakdown. It resulted from a number of issues happening in my life at the time. I couldn't do anything for about 18 months. It was terrible. Thanks for your lens.

      www.treatmentforpanic.net

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Great videos.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you so much for sharing !

      I had a few years when I had panic attacks that got worse until I could barely leave my house. I prayed for peace and strength which helped me so much. Mine stemmed from a stressful home life, losing my brother and then finding out that I too have the disease that he did as do my kids and other family members, having a child with Asperger's Syndrome and fighting with the schools and his wraparound service who did not want to push the issue and was just happy to collect the money, and then I had a mini stroke... :)

      So, in my 30's all of this stress caused a major hormonal shift which led to my panic attacks.

      I can feel one coming on now and can usually overcome it with ease by removing myself from the situation for a few minutes to pray and breathe and to tell myself that "I can do this" :)

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Guess I have been one of the lucky ones, I try not to take things to seriously. Wonderful lens.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      I have no words to describe this lens. Amazing piece of information that I guess has come to me at the right time. A heartfelt Thank You is all I can say. God Bless.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I definitely recognize some of those symptoms... going to try harder to take care of myself.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      I had a nervous breakdown one month ago and left my job without notice in a panic. Your lens made me feel slightly less alone - I wish I had a good support group here!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      My father's family was prone to nervous breakdowns. I feel like I really learned something here. Thank you!

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      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      I have had burnout twice and recognize everything that you write. Good lens!! Have a look at mine too! I lost my job but am turning burnout into a positive experience.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great info! So helpful! Sundae ;-)

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      ItsTimeToBurn 4 years ago

      Brilliant Lens...Thank you.

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      mtg724 4 years ago

      Yeah I've had a couple of these, it gets easier the more it happens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent Lens !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CristianStan: Thank you so much for putting your experience on the internet in such a way that it is a positive learning experience for someone trying to figure out what happened to them. i also went through this and found the book listed, Down, But not Out, to be especially helpful since i am a Christian. The pictures are great too, thanks!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Knowing how a nervous breakdown works can be helpful in preventing one from occurring. You gave me all the info I needed to know

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this. I had already experienced a nervous breakdown in prior years, literally going through the days in a numb trance, losing track of what day, month, time... A breakdown is horrible in the way that you don't know what's happening to you, or how you got to that point. I'm on the verge of another breakdown, and its funny how deep your words cut through the haze. I cried at "Its going to be Okay" because those really are the words I wanted to hear, instead of some overly positive, unrealistic sentence with the word "good" or "great" in it. Thanks for reminding me that I'm only a part of this collective world, and that I don't need to expect more out of me because nobody is that important, or perfect.

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      HarryTerkelsen 4 years ago

      As someone who's experienced a nervous breakdown, I think this lens is great :)

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      ShilohWhenkey 4 years ago

      Fun lenses are nice, but I love helpful lenses like this

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You will see you child in heaven again, not spiritual heaven but resurrected heaven here on earth, in full bodily resurrection. Believe it. Matt 7.7 I have staked my life and that of my family on this belief and it is working out. Please read it, Matt. 7.7

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My heart goes out to you in your suffering.

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      wedpittsburgh lm 5 years ago

      What a great lens with great info!

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens. Thankyou for sharing.

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      Nancy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm a bit confused as I haven't asked you to share this with anyone. That would be your choice. You don't even have to read it. But, if you do read it and it is helpful to you, then I am glad to be able to provide information about my own experience. It doesn't really matter who I am, does it? What I have written here is all about the experience of one person--me--and about the things I've learned that have helped me through a difficult time. It is an experience that I share in common with certain others and one which many to come may also run up against. More power to us! Whatever works to bring us back to health in a healthy way is alright with me and I don't think anyone needs to know my name in order to benefit from what I have to share. Best wishes with your doctoral degree studies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't get you - you want me to share this info with the people I know and you are doing this anonymously... I too have a MA degree, soon heading for a PhD - I don't want anything to impact that... So, tell me, why should I put it out there when you won't?.... something to think about...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Meditation has helped me during nervous breakdown - http://newgen.nithyananda.org/deaddiction/break-fr... Strongly recommend this to anyone with depresson/anxiety/stress, etc

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      spids1 5 years ago

      This is a remarkable lens that does a fantastic job of explaining nervous breakdowns. Thank you for creating this!

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe some Restorative Yoga, would help you in the healing. Judith Hanson Lasater (Yoga Journal) wrote the the book Relax and Renew after her Mom died. Restorative Yoga was the only thing that got her throug. I have not gone through anything close to what you have, but I do know that Yoga is the only thing that has had a lasting and cumulative effect when it comes to anxiety and stress for me. I will say a prayer for you.

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      Fantastic Lens I am going to put links to it on my yoga lenses!

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      DrShireen 5 years ago

      Great imformation

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      WinAPS4 5 years ago

      We need to break the stigma that surrounds mental health. Helping and giving understaning are the only way to start. Great lens - keep up the good work.

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      Nancy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh my gosh, Eve. What a terrible experience, and so recent. Please find a way to carry on. You have to dig deep. What would your daughter want you to do?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am in the midst of a break down, but I don't think any of this will work for me. My daughter was murdered, here in my home, December 20, 2011. I awoke to her screams downstairs - she went down for a bottle of water, and was stabbed to death in the hallway! The man who did it, came to kill us all! She was dead by the time I got downstairs... My soul fell out, and smashed on the floor beside her. I now have a "deep" understanding of the term 'zombie', for I am one. My body breathes on, soulless... Everything spun so out of control after that, until I find myself here - but alas, there just is no comeback for someone like me.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing such good information.

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      Stress-Coach 5 years ago

      great resource i will be sharing with my clients :-)

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      ChloeHibb 5 years ago

      Thank you for this informative lens that dispels many myths about nervous breakdowns and anxiety.

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      panicattackinfo 5 years ago

      Wow this is a masive lens! I love your style in this lens and its so cool that you can SEE and FEEL how this is really helping others. My hat off to you :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I needed this page so much right now...god bless you for writing it and "being there" when I needed it most. Thank you.

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      ChenB 5 years ago

      This is a remarkable lens that does a fantastic job of explaining nervous breakdowns. Thank you for creating this!

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      LiftingTheClouds 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, thanks very much for sharing, I can relate to so much of it. And I love your illustrations used here. Be well.

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      icansurpriseu lm 5 years ago

      very much informative Lens You have Created....Congrats :-)

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You have done a fantastic job with this lens! Thanks! :D

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      hopedreams lm 5 years ago

      Great information that you provided and lots of tips. There were times things got challenging for me, but I learned not to stress about things anymore. Life is so brief. Thank you for creating such a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I suffer from anxiety and ocd that can get out of hand if I let it. I'm in a better place now, but I realize that 2 months ago I probably had a breakdown. I was crying all the time, had no appetite and lost weight, I either slept way too much or too little, I thought about suicide and my thoughts were just in this weird cycle that I couldn't break...I also had a loss of the sense of self and felt so out of it.

      Looking back, the best advice I can give is to surround yourself with love and support from family and minimize the time you spend alone brooding...Surround yourself with things you love to do and understand it will take time to get better...it took me months and I'm still not fully healed.

      All the best

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      stacylthurman 5 years ago

      The information and pictures on this lens are amazing!! Thank you so much for creating this lens.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      A nervous breakdown and depression can go hand in hand. Thank you for this helpful lens!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Very helpful!!!

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      Richard_Mathiason 5 years ago

      Thank you for the site. Very helpful.

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      diamondadvice 5 years ago

      You put so much thought and effort into this. Through your experiences you are able to help others.

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      tifebrown 5 years ago

      I love this page and the information you have on it. I have a family member I will be sharing it with. Thank you very much for the insight!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After losing the most important relationship in my life, I am beginning to recover after six months. My life stopped. I have found an excellent therapist. But at the moment, the most significant challenge in my way, which seems insurmountable, is the mountain of mail in bags that face me each day. I need help. I'm an artist. I live in NYC. Does anyone have any ideas for finding a person to help me - hands on - to deal with this? I can't move past it by myself.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Thank you for your open and frank discussion about this difficult topic. I'm sure it is helpful to a lot of people. It helped me as well. *Blessed!*

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about avoiding nervous.!

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      andrea-terry 5 years ago

      thank you for a great lens, an understanding of words and how you put them can only be understood by another "nervous breakdown" person. To understand how a flower really looks like and how nature does help relieve the pain of it all. Well done on your lens.

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      ningname1220 5 years ago

      @sheezie77: The idea's nice. We should be closer to nature!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Will be back soon.

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      mcadloni 5 years ago

      Thank you for the wealth of information, I need to refer to this, we all need to think of the simple things to make us happy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lots of interesting content in this article so well done it is a great resource

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Great job!!!

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      Sam 5 years ago from Australia

      Wonderful lens.

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Good lens. It was really interesting.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      Words can't say enough, about this. Thank-you for sharing it.

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      siaga25 5 years ago

      This was immensely helpful. I'm new and trying to figure out just how much I can ever expect to make here...Sewa Ruang Kantor Jakarta Murah

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Anonymous or not this is a remarkable article!

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      Featured your lens on mine http://www.squidoo.com/nervous-breakdown. Job well done.

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      FitnessFuses 5 years ago

      This is quality. You really seem to be in tune with yourself and the ways in which think can go a little loose so to speak.

      In my opinion, the best way to stay balanced with the ways of life is to be aware and open to improvement. Anyway, you've presented things here in a very unique manner and straight forward manner.

      Mental health is hardly where it needs to be and you've addressed this nicely. I'm talking in terms of acceptance, understanding, and practice.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Excellent article on the anatomy of a nervous breakdown; has helped many and will help many more. Thank-you.

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      francois123 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. Everyone has to read this. Very good.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      fantastic lens all around, Blessed!

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      very nice lens thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Jimmy Gavin: Home solar

      Nervous breakdowns should be prevented as it can happen to everyone. Stressful jobs are maybe among the most important causes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @girlfriendfactory: webhosting vergelijken

      Thanks for taking this opportunity to talk about this, I feel strongly about it and I benefit from learning about this subject. If possible, as you gain data, please update this blog

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      ekogde 5 years ago

      Nice lens..give me some idea for my anxiety lens,thanks

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Superb lens. A nervous breakdown has become quite common these days owing to the pressure they build in academics and profession alike. You might find this useful to prevent it rather than to fight it: http://bit.ly/zkzycO

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Hey You are famous ... This was such a Great Lens I featured you in my lens The Dangers of Non-Communication, Problem Avoidance and Suppressed Emotions

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      tw006e6375 5 years ago

      A terrific lens and one that needed to be written. I have had no experience of this condition but I have had relatives that have mental illness and, have experienced their condition whilest being with them.I have also worked in a hospital treating mentally ill patients, although not clinically, so I have some idea what people go through. its tough as your world is turned inside out.Tom

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      tw006e6375 5 years ago

      A terrific lens and one that needed to be written. I have had no experience of this condition but I have had relatives that have mental illness and, have experienced their condition whilest being with them.I have also worked in a hospital treating mentally ill patients, although not clinically, so I have some idea what people go through. its tough as your world is turned inside out.Tom

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Thank you for the info nice job

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful lens loaded with helpful info. You deserve the purple star, LOTD, and all the best life has to offer.

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      candidaabrahamson 5 years ago

      Thank you for bringing an understanding of 'the nervous breakdown' back to the world. I've seen client after client suffer them--and the term really is the best way to describe what they've undergone. I've not published on Squidoo yet, but am doing a series on my blog right now on depression and bipolar disorder, in case that helps anyone, at http://candidaabrahamson.wordpress.com. Keep the good stuff coming.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Interesting reading! thumbs up

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Today am exploring top lens. Your lens is interesting and informative.

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Wise and thoughtful lens. People need this.

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      JesPiddlin 5 years ago

      Very well written! I can see why you have received awards and great acknowledgement over this lens!

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      Very well written! CBT or some form of cognitive therapy is essential for anyone wanting to really change their thinking! Therapy helped me tremendously! I wish you a wonderful life! ~Ren

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      Jimmy Gavin 5 years ago

      Wow and congrats on your purple star ,its unfortunate that we live in a more stressfull society nowadays

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      ekogde 5 years ago

      I always get nervous especially when I have to face something that important for me or something that I like so much. For example when watching the football that involves my state, suddenly my face changed into red colour and I can't hold spoon while eating

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      We don't talk enough about nerve related issues. Thank you for your contribution.

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      healthylivingideas 5 years ago

      Thank you for this info. Our lives are so stressful these days.

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      babil2 5 years ago

      New Year's Resolutions: The Pain of Change.

      âChange will come when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.â

      http://happysandbox.com/news_view/34/0/new-years-r...

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star, this lens is fantastic. I bookmarked it so I can come back and read it again. Wonderful job.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I've seen some some coworkers start to get nervous breakdowns because of the stress of a constant workload and not enough time to rest or relax. I find in a lot of kids it's something to do with schoolwork and the pressures of getting into a good college, or even finding a decent job after college.

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      dolphinstar lm 5 years ago

      Great lens and good your highlighting this health condition

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      green-health-girl 5 years ago

      Really interesting perspective on chronic stress and mental health issues! Thanks.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      EXCELLENT and important lens.

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      Interesting read.Thank you!

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      thank you for this

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      LDWorld 5 years ago

      very important info, thank you

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      This is a very nicely put together lens with lots of helpful information. Thanks.

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      netanya 5 years ago

      I'm a newbie and I will look to you as a mentor. A very beautiful and well put together lens. You indeed brought something of value. Rock on!

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      Such a wonderful, well presented lens! No wonder this lens earned a Purple Star! May this lens be an inspiration and flame of hope for anyone reading this that might need help in their life with stress and anxiety. And that means just about everybody!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you.

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      An excellent overview with so much to consider.... I am so glad that I always take the time (and some times effort) to find the beauty in every day... just like my daddy taught me :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit on your lens tonight, thank you very much!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      erinpolerimos 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, Rob. Got good information in your squidoo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I feel like I am coming apart and am jittery all the time. I feel like there is hope for me if I can just hang in there.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      This is very helpful for people recovering from nervous breakdowns.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks you for this article, i feel that i have gained so much by reading it.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Very good lens, thanks for taking the time to make it!

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      Hrsshoe 5 years ago

      lots of good information

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      goodeboy09 5 years ago

      Great lens! Great organization. Easy to read.

      I have heard a lot about the book you mentioned titled: "The Highly Sensitive Person". I believe it is directed towards people who have innate abilities to draw in emotional energies from other people and their surroundings. If these people take on too emotional input then they can be more susceptible to a nervous breakdown. I believe the key is to find outlets to release those energies such as mediatation.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you so much i enjoyed this very much, i am recovering from a nervous breakdown

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Your lens still getting comments 5 years after you created it is more of a comment and compliment than I can give you... way to go though anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Your lens is very well done and I can tell the topic is close to your heart. Thanks for sharing this important information!

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      wetravel4less 5 years ago

      your lens is simply amazing and most of all very interesting inormation to read and to learn. keep up the good work

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      great page, follow your bliss, blessed...:)rob

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is the second time I have visited this lens and it is so wonderful and beautiful. I had a "nervous breakdown" before I was diagnosed with bipolar illness and a postpartum psychosis which I found out often occurred in bipolars. I am stable and happy with the help of medication and a healthy, loving lifestyle and it is people like you who give me the courage to tell my story.

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      JebbieBlue 5 years ago

      Great information! I have been there too, and can relate to much of what you have shared.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Excellent, informative and well-balanced lens about such an important topic.

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      very informative lens! thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These issues affect so many lives today including my own and it's nice to see that I'm not the only one. You have some great information and tips here. Thanks!

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      Diane Ellen 5 years ago

      Your lens is very informative and has a lot of helpful ideas. We all need help to deal with the stress in our lives.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Nicely done! I enjoyed reading your lens and the info you have provided here.

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      Surfer83 5 years ago

      Very good informational story and its true about the lower level get more stress because you have no control of a situation.

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      Surfer83 5 years ago

      Very good informational story and its true about the lower level get more stress because you have no control of a situation.

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      howtoburnbellyfat 5 years ago

      @checkyourvibe: I am indeed impress with this lens. We all do encounter stress and it's better to get ready on handling it.

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      TobiasFJames 5 years ago

      This looks great, I'll have to have a proper read through when I have time. I myself suffer from a social/generalized anxiety 'disorder' and am in the process of creating my own lens on the subject. It's great to see people making this kind of information available and spreading awareness. Thank you and Good luck.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      This is nice to see, very nice. As you have said "from someone who's been there." I've been there. I love when people share what helped them get through and CONTINUE to get through. Your resource is wonderful. Thank you for your time and effort. Meditation has been one of my saviors (support systems as well, wherever you can find them). Nice work. Take care.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! With the oodles and oodles of useful information in here I will be subscribing to the feed.

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      ananimoss2 5 years ago

      This lens was very touching. Thank you. Sometimes we all have to feel down and broken to gain insight in our lives...Unexamined life is not worth living (my favorite Greek dude, Socrates)...but, we only do that when we seem to have no other choices. I have been there, too, and I like my life better now.

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      Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      What a wonderful lens. I do stress management and am so impressed by the time and effort you put into helping others - am going to send this out!

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      Magickal_Mysts 5 years ago

      You have described me almost to a "T". I have so much I am trying to do just to survive and make like "normal" for my kids after the breakup of my marriage. Now I find myself trying to fit

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lenses like this are quite often spammy but you've done such a wonderful job making it real, informative, compassionate, and clear. Congrats on a job well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In order to find myself again, all I can hear in my head is to leave my work. It's a constant mantra. I think I will stop being concerned with what others think of me if I leave, and JUST DO IT. They don't pay me enough to feel this horrible.

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      cattyfish 5 years ago

      @christinetjan: hi nanswa,excellent lens and great pics.One point though,you haven't mentioned illness as a contributor to breakdown.I think im suffering a breakdown or starting to as im chronically ill.

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      Lauried 5 years ago

      True my wife has a little bit of this. Good articles will come back again. Cheers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been there a few times and it is scary, now I have things under control with medication and a lot of the behaviours you mentioned. Excellent lens :)

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      easpegren 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information. A very difficult subject many people don't want to admit to experiencing. Great lens.

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      XangoKat 5 years ago

      Sweet site, good info, nice pics, very informative and squidlike

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Good information. Depression and stress are so much a part of everyone's life, now. It takes real effort to get past them.

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      InquisitiveOne LM 5 years ago

      This is an excellent, excellent lens. Thank you for posting so many great resources for people who are hurting. I work with women struggling with suicide, depression, and anxiety. I have bookmarked this site to refer them to it.

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      BoardwalkFitnessinWinona 5 years ago

      Very applicable to modern life,reguardless of to what degree your tolerance for stress is or if you have more of a predisposition to stress related diseases(possably to one degree or another plays a role in all physical diseases).As someone that has battled anxiety,addiction and a couple other labels all disguising a general hypersensitivity to all types of stimuli you spoke of & having owned my own business for 21 years ironically as of today,its not so much a mystery I ended up with type 2 diabetes,with the bigger irony being in the Fitness Business.So Thankyou for your effort most people with this condition can only think,same old answers or opinions,it's nice to hear someone that defines so well& through their own pain offer viable solutions & thankyou for that!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Thak you for the lens.. I'm going trhough that now. I started a job end of march and in a bout 2 weeks noticed I wasn't sleeping right & thought i just had to get situated at the new job to get used to things. Then I wasn't eating right then I started to feel (by beginning of may) a Fist in my back (I still somewhat feel it but not as bad) it took me til June 20 to quit. Then another couple months before I was able to find actual help. Was going to anxiety counselor but that was too much when you are living off savings. now on medicaid until a health plan goes through but need to get to Dr. to find out whatup with the back & maybe hopefully be able to get on disability

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      CoolFoto 5 years ago

      Lots of good resources here, Thanks. Blessed by travel angel.

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      Thank you for creating this lens, because it really can help, as it talks of the nervous breakdown in scientific, serious but also reassuring words. You can really feel the calm and the positivity, while reading. Great, really.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Brilliant Lens and so creatively put together - thanks for sharing all this info. I am going to add this to my Stress Buster Recipe.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. A person can only push himself so far for so long, and then burnout or a nervous breakdown will inevitably occur.

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      HeartBroken62 5 years ago

      Great lens with great info. Thank you.

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      tcmbrendan 5 years ago

      This is a very serious situation for anyone to be involved in. I would SERIOUSLY suggest if you are going through a hardship in your life to seek SOME form of medical attention. Best of luck and love.

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      youhealth3 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the names of well know people who have had a nervous breakdown.

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      xoxotani 5 years ago

      Idk if virginia woolf is a good example because... she committed suicide. but i love this lens so much. i've suffered from panic attacks myself and they're very scary. my boyfriend thinks that they can easily be controlled but they scare me so much. he tells me that i can stop anytime. and that it's all in my mind... I will definitely bookmark this lens though. thank you so much!!

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      dexter yarbroug1 5 years ago

      Very helpful. Thank you!

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      soonlim 5 years ago

      Wonderful long read. Certainly cleared some dark gloom clouds there.

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      good lens

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Great work....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent post, thank you very much it was such an interesting read. I will be linking back to this from my personal blog. Electric Heating

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful to anyone who's ever been stressed.

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      WoeIsMe 5 years ago

      This is really nice. I needed this today. I like that you give specific things to do.

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      sociopath-free 5 years ago

      I don't think our current mental health system is equipped to deal with what's currently going on in our society. More people than ever are having 'nervous breakdowns' and even killing themselves because of the economic collapse. I appreciate your lens.

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      rebeccahiatt 5 years ago

      Yes, oh yes. Thanks

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      ajsanders100 5 years ago

      You have an outstanding website with some good materiai about stress!

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      mench686 5 years ago

      Enlightening. Great help for those concerned.

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      christinetjan 5 years ago

      this is very useful information, nice one, thanks

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      MGLazarus 5 years ago

      Wow! Great site and huge info on nervous breakdown! The self help tips is fantastic!

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      This is a great lens

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      Ivalotasay 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experiences

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      sheedale 5 years ago

      Indeed, it has been really helpful. Nice one!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Good information.

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      silloftheworld lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this lens. It really is a great resource and first step for people who think they're having a breakdown. It's helped me too, today. I think I needed to read it.

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      RhondaSueDavis 5 years ago

      Yep

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Lots of positive thoughts to take away from this lens, thank you.

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      William Celano 5 years ago

      A brilliant article! It really says it all. I can totally relate to this because many years ago I too experienced what could be called a "nervous brekdown". The enormity of that problem left me with no hope or peace. I was totally overwhelmed and didn't know why. I came through, but it took years. My advice, if anyone wants to take it is, don't take on more than you can handle, know yourself and your wants, needs and limitations, and most of all, don't try to please everybody, they don't know you and really can't fathom what you are doing nor do they care. Most of all, be kind to yourself and enjoy the simple things in life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There is no doubt in my mind as to why this lens won the purple star. The information here is very in depth and really informative. This is information that people need to know because a lot of people believe that to have a nervous breakdown has to be something drastic when in truth and in fact a simple thing as not having the ability to focus or even function as you used to before.Thank you very much for this information.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Nice Lens, Thanks for sharing.

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      theonlineanswer 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great info.

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      TryNerdy 6 years ago

      Glad to see someone sharing this valuable information.

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      illuminatingeni 6 years ago

      The current state of the nation is about to cause me a nervous breakdown.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good information, most appreciated.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so very much, I needed to read something. Thank the Lord I am not alone/

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      Excellent information and resources. Thumbs up.

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      sysuns 6 years ago

      very enlightening...thank you..GOD BLESS

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good lens on Stress management and the nervous system, I'll make sure to share this lens with my friends. Visit http://www.squidoo.com/treatment-for-a-herniated-d...

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      *blessed*

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      Char Milbrett 6 years ago from Minnesota

      It's all too easy to let 'life' get the best of us. Sometimes a person gets way too many challenges all at once.

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      denman4 6 years ago

      An exceptional lens! I would think that alcoholism can lead to a nervous breakdown due to the manipulation, denial, lying, and deceit that is part of this disease. For more information, please see the following Squidoo lens: Alcoholism Stages

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      YourFirstTime 6 years ago

      Nicely done with tons of good info.

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      GirlBurkeStudios 6 years ago

      Great lens! I second getting a pet. My Japanese Chin puppy always helps to reduce my anxiety. xoxo

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      Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

      Excellent lens! Good information and nice to look at.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was really good to read. Thanks so much for putting this site together :)

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      SarahMattics 6 years ago

      Very nice lens, anxiety is a huge problem.

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      Serj 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I have a friend who almost died from a crash because of an anxiety attack... this is serious stuff.

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      01hottopics 6 years ago

      Nice perspective, cerainly opened my eyes to a few things I did not think about..stress and anxity is a killer, i believe a underrated area of hurn, so love your work

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your information is something that we all need as a reminder. I have seen the Northen Lights in person while staying in Montana. They are an awesome reminder to remind us of the beauty that surrounds us and that is inside us when we let it happen. As for the tunnel I look at it as still the light at the end even if it is the entrance. Sometimes backing out of a situation can be the light at the end of the tunnel too, Thanks for your lens.

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      lynnrdavis 6 years ago

      Wonderful information. I really hope that this is helpful to those who may be feeling anxious or stressed. Very nice work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      what a wonderful article, especially since it comes from someone who has been through this. Stumbled upon this while asking google if I was having a nervous breakdown! Am starting cognitive therapy for the first time in around 6 weeks, hope that one day I can see the light at the end of the tunnel like you. Thanks.

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      mulkurnia lm 6 years ago

      Excellent article. I can associate myself with the process of getting stressed out before realising what's happening. I can identify with the process of moving from more laid-back society to a more fast-paced society. The lesson that I learn from this experience is to learn to be more assertive and not to be pushed around. Keeping one's mental health in prime state is one of the important factor to have a happy life.

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      JCEverett 6 years ago

      Great lens. Definitely the kind that needs to be recommended relevant to the volume of stressors caused especially by something as influential as the economy.

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      I really love this site. The feeling I get when I visit this site is completely the opposite to a nervous breakdown. Thank you...

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      CarynJSwift56889 6 years ago

      what a huge lens!

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      LadyTropic 6 years ago

      Yepp, I've been in the middle of a nervous breakdown for years. You every words is like I'm a textbook example. Somehow no one has managed to lock me up yet though. Sometimes i wish they would if it would honestly help.

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      lr-duval 6 years ago

      very helpful information- thank you

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Very well done.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Such a helpful site with tons of info. Great job!

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      psalmody 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Also, check out www.easilyoffended.org which talks about handling emotional situations and overcoming them. Be Blessed

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      i really don't know why i haven't seen this before, I have been on a similar journey and now coming through the other side! Beautiful lens, a a lot fo fantastic info

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      Great lens. I think the punk hardcore band Black Flag summed it all up in their 1979 song called Nervous Breakdown. Every time I feel stressed I start playing that song in my head.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Indeed this is something that you can survive with proper remedy and great support system from families and friends. The "storm" will soon pass indeed. :)

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Thankyou for sharing this important information.

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      DrDebbieThompson 6 years ago

      Your lens is full of great information and it offers a hopeful perspective to those who have a personal relationship to the lens. Thank you for posting.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Great lens! Love the pictures too.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I was just reading about a relative who had a "nervous breakdown" in 1930. This helps me understand what she may have experienced at that time. Thanks.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I'm on an angel journey to a new neighborhood and am so happy to have discovered this hidden jewel along the way. Blessings to you and to the lens ...

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is an extremely good resource. I have several people in my life who've gone through NBDs, and having gone through post-partum depression myself, this is a hopeful ray of light into what can be a very dark time.

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for the lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beginning to recover from my first NBD, and this article is the MOST HELPFUL that I've found on the web!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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      lilmuchang1 6 years ago

      I can seriously relate to this lens, thank you so much

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      victorianpassage 6 years ago

      We all need to step back and evaluate ourselves from time to time. Thank you for the very informative lens!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great lens,thanks for sharing!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Stopping back to say that this lens is featured on my Squid Angel; Ten Best Culture & Society Lenses. Please stop by and take a peek.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was very comforting and uplifting to read. Informative, with excellent visuals to help comprehend ,what can be a very disturbing experience to go through.Very helpful.

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      Your lense is beautiful and the pictures are stunning and relevant. They really touched my heart. Thank you....

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      sujaysen 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      My elderly mom has recently been talking quite a lot about the "nervous breakdown" she had in 1967 and the hospitalization that followed. This lens has helped me understand what she went through even more. Very well done.

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      leansmasterpranav 6 years ago

      Really liked this lens

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      jamesnodturft 6 years ago

      This is extraordinary. I am touched.

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      Kiwisquid 6 years ago

      That is a really informative read. Im sure you are aware of the chemical imbalance in the brain that causes these symptoms of mental health issues. Proactive things like exercise and talking with friends or family are excellent, but so is identifying healthy nutrition for specific disorders. Seeking help from Biopsycologists can be very beneficial. Great work, keep helping people.

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      KChang 6 years ago

      Thanks for the lense

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Blessings for your beautiful, heart felt and very helpful lens!

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      moskit 6 years ago

      A great lens!

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      terrygw 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us so useful information, now as sociaty goes quicker and quicker, more and more people face such problems because of too much pressure.

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Really great information.. Thank you for posting this.

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      JamieSueAustin 6 years ago

      Love your lens. I have severe GAD and I'm always looking for creative ways to manage it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      interesting

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      I can see why people have responded so well to your lens. It's great!

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      Thanks for this wonderful, helpful lens.

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      inspireume 6 years ago

      I have such a problem trying to understand this subject because I grew up with a mother who had nervous breakdowns regularly. I always had the feeling that she could have done something more about it or managed it better. So hard to really know how to think about this subject so this has been very helpful. I totally get the anonymity issue but hopefully having this information out there will help to change that.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Best info! its horrible damage to brain.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: intelligent lens..

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      ScottMeyer 6 years ago

      Great info on an important subject. Thanks for sharing.

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      Green_Apple 6 years ago

      nice lens, thx for your sharing

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Excellent lens. It is a shame that there is still such a stigma attached to this sort of thing that you had to post it anonymously. I am sure this has helped more people than you could imagine. Blessed and added to our lensography of same. You can see it at http://www.squidoo.com/lenses-blessed-by-this-squi... Thank you for your brave and important contribution.

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      So sorry that you had to post this lens anonymously. That just stinks. The info you have shared here touches many people at some time in their lives. Well done.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

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      ScalpItchTips 6 years ago

      Very interesting

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      Excellent and blessed :).

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I don't know how I've missed this gem until now. Excellent lens with so much useful information and advice. Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very good information here. "Nervous breakdown" was a very common term when I was a child. Adding this to my favorites.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Very good lens...now a days people are facing nervous breakdowns more because of their stressful lives.

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      EQAndy 6 years ago

      Excellent page, great content

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hang in there, Paulette, and stop it in it's tracks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My name is Paulette! Today I felt that I was close to a nervous bd. After reading this I feel somewhat better! I know I have to take better care of myself! Thanks for sharing! It has helped! I have to put me first! GOD Bless!

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      TollArt 6 years ago

      Thanks heaps for the information.Very well explained. I found this very useful and I hope this helps many others going through this tough time.

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      driftsdaughter 6 years ago

      My ex-husband had a nervous breakdown, due to many stressful issues building up, a predisposition genetically to bipolar disease, and an unwillingness to get help. He ended up taking his mental health problems out on me and the rest of the family. To protect myself and them, we had to divorce. Although I feel compasion for him now, at the time I was afraid for our lives. I wish there was more good public access to information like you have presented here; if it had been socially acceptable, or acceptable in his job, he might have chosen to get help rather than destroy those he loved, and his life. Mental health problems are still such a social stigma, he was afraid he would lose his job of 21 years if he got help. Thank you for sharing, I would be interested in hearing more about the details of Abe Lincoln's breakdown. That was new information for me and I am curious!

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Kompressionsstrumpf 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this information. I've seen a lot a people with a nervous breakdown, the most important thing is to act early.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanx for sharing your story, I feel exactly the same way as you in a cycle of fear,anxiousness,fatigue and depression.I am also quite a shy person.My doctor has put me on Avanza which has helped.I didn't see this breakdown coming it happened all of a sudden.One minute I was living a normal life the next I couldn't function at all.Worst experience of my life.Hope I don't feel this way for ever.

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      Yogalicious 6 years ago

      I think I was on the way to having a nervous breakdown (at least it felt like one). I used a combination of therapy and yoga to help cope with the stress.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      absolutely sold help and advice for anyone involved with nervous breakdowns, friends and family too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I started with a severe nervous breakdown about 2 years ago I think. I have had the trauma of experiencing another one about 15 years ago, but not as severe. It initially came through a great deal of hearing about other peoples ordeals in life and me worrying about them and then my sudden infatuation with a man who I hardly knew, who I thought could turn my life around and

      I made a faux pas by seeing him out in the middle of the night, it was bizarre and totally out of my character. I cannot get episodes of what I did and said away from my mind. I am haunted by his name and yet perhaps am living in a fantasy about him, because he made me feel so needed, special and loved, I cannot move on from these episodes and perhaps feel I don't want to. My mothers illness of a stroke and minor heart attack have been very worrying and stressful indeed. I am a very caring, overly sensitive nature. However my moods have been from very emotionally tearful, extreme anger and irritability, unable to sleep and concentrate on many important issues, and I feel I am on a treadmill of fear, fatigue and constant panic which I can't seem to break the cycle, I hardly interact well with other people sometimes, except perhaps close family, even that can be hard at times. I am very shy, highly tense wound up most of the time, and have a speech impairment.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this highly informative lens. cheers

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      slotowngal 6 years ago

      Hard topic to address... you did a great job! Thanks for a fantastic lens.

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      Very inspiring to know that so many great people had nervous breakdowns. This makes us think of giving proper respect and care to people suffering from this.

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, I went through it myself and wanted to help others who might also be dealing with it. That was my motivation. It was a labor of love.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Great comment.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I really like this lens. It is thoughtful and full of insight. Thanks for writing it!

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      Thanks for the useful information.

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      4thCornerFoods 6 years ago

      I am glad you created this lens. Very good compilation of views and resources. Thank you very much. Ed

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      Good lens, I found it very informative.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Very insightful. Great lens! I just became a RocketMom SquidAngel for a week and I blessed this lens:)

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      fadibody 6 years ago

      Very useful lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      empathzone 6 years ago

      Hi, I just added this lens to Empath and HSP resources

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for wtiting this lens, which will help many people and enable others to understand a bit more.Blessed by a squid angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes it is Tracy,

      I have gone through exactly what you are dealing with and it's no joke. I have given up everything I once loved trying to gett back to a healthy place in my life. The hardest thing I've ever had to do. I know your pain, I've been right where you are. And everyday I'm fighting to get back to a good fulfilling place in my life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am currently in a whirlwind of emotions. I have experienced most of what is spoken of in your article and I am now at the coming out of it point. Just as you stated, it comes at you fast and furious and before you know it, you're smitten. I woke up one day and all I knew was that I didn't feel the same. I went to work for a week and did absolutely nothing because I couldn't focus or emotionally hold it together. By Friday, I was being told to go home, get help, and not to return until those things were done. Little did I know, 6 years later I'm still getting help.

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      PeterStillman 6 years ago

      Hi everyone - I just published an article on Effective Stress Management. If you are affected by stress, it helps to understand the cause and symptoms in order to find ways how to deal with it. I believe stress can be a major cause for a nervous breakdown, too.

      I hope you will find it helpful

      Have a great day

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've been through this, myself, but didn't recognize that my husband was going through it until today. He has been diagnosed with "situational depression" but that is a small view of the big picture. I'm sending him quotes from this site. I think you hit on something important: it's not forever. I also think that after going through it, once, you learn to take better care of yourself and never let it happen again! In a good way, though.

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      theconditionpod 6 years ago

      Very insightful, thanks for the enlightenment. It's useful to know what to look out for. One of the more impressive breakdowns that I can recall is that of Friedrich Nietzsche, although he unfortunately never recovered from it, which makes the early recognition even more pertinent.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Through having to deal with 'bad stuff' and not always getting it right, I now have a never give attitude. It's actually quite motivating to read Abraham Lincoln's never give story. Thanks!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Thank-you for this excellent lens, I am lensrolling to Karma's Story (a lens framing the book I wrote about my experience breaking down). Many thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much. It is so comforting to read about other people who have gone through this, and to know that it is important to take the time out to deal with it. Bless you. I hope to join you on the other side soon enough.

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Great lens on an important area - Blessed by an angel

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      dryder 6 years ago

      Great lens ... you really gave me some excellent insight!

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      bluekoala220 6 years ago

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      Abagayle 6 years ago

      I also have many lenses on a main account here on Squidoo but created this anon account to discuss my rare medical condition. I have suffered from anxiety my whole life. I had my first panic attack at 5 years old on my way to my piano recital. I had a massive panic attack just before being prepped for surgery before my c-section with my baby. My blood pressure bottomed out and my baby's heart stopped beating. Fortunately the amazing nursing staff saved my baby. I also have suffered 3 full blown nervous break downs in my life. The biggest one happened when I was only 23 years old. I almost killed myself and am only here thanks to the special care and attention from my husband.

      This is a powerful lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      cool

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      LaurenPatrick 6 years ago

      I saw the light at the end of the tunnel..and it was a train!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think I might be heading for one now.I have had a series of bad events in my life, and since quitting smoking, I have seen myself spiral further downward. I am seeing a counselor to talk to and also saw a Psychotherapist to see what can also be down with my medicine. I was diagnosed several years ago with mild depression, but its always very manageable. Since quitting I have increased that medicine and taking a second medicine. I can't fall asleep at night, I can't get up for work so I have now set 2 alarm clocks at different times just so I do finally get up, I can't focus at work, I forget things that are asked of me. Its like this roller coaster of trying to be strong. then I get angry and then i find myself crying for a few days. I seriously can't do this anymore it is affecting my life in so many ways....is this possibly a nervous breakdown?? Please help

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      Keep hanging in there everyone! And, most importantly, take care of yourself first and get help if you need it.

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      Prosquote 6 years ago

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm scared that I've looked past this too long. Very helpful tips and hope to start building my path back to happiness soon. Hope is my raft right now.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It's going on three years since my nervous break down. What a hill I have been climbing. Slowly but surely I will get back to the top. All this info in one spot is great. Thank you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks, ist a useful stuft, if you want to have a successful diet, go to my blog, you can find healthy diet recipes and delicious diet recipes there. The recipes is good for your diet program.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Very helpful indeed! It is good to know much of this medical condition.

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      Athren 7 years ago

      this is a great site you give so much information i am going to featured lenses . also im new here and would love to get a few tips on how to make my page better if you don't mind. thanks again for so much info

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for creating the page. I have referred to it a few times during my recovery. This has been a difficult time for me and it has been incredibly hard finding the help I need to understand what happened to me and how to get well. Thank you for taking the time to help others like me. Much appreciated.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sorry, but that isn't the answer. Never tell someone who is experiencing a nervous breakdown to reach out to Jesus. It doesn't work.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Reach out to Jesus......He is reaching out to you.

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      agedefyingworkout 7 years ago

      Love the pictures. There's a definite message in the visuals in this lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Tashi I went through exactly the same thing as school. My advise to you is to change schools and get some counselling to help deal with the emotional fallout of the bullying and the councellor might give you some strategies to avoid it at your next school (if there are any). I stayed in a situation like that (I was very badly bullied for 3 years at school, had my nose broken, my mum and the school did nothing). I then became a drug addict (later in life) and suffered from chronic anxiety disorder for 7 years.j Get your self outta there! Oh and suicide isn't the answer.If I can live this long (Im 28) you can make it too.You can do it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Janine I think you have to tell someone.Do you have a partner/hustband? Maybe tell him as your kids safety must come first. Maybe also try change your medication? Just because one doesn't work, doesn't mean another type might not. I really wish you well.My life is tough too.

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      Nancy 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, janine-mare: I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. You write that you are "afraid to tell anyone how you really feel". You must, you MUST tell someone how you really feel and that someone needs to be a person you tell face to face and who can help you. If you keep it inside and if you keep going the way you are and expect it all to go away, you are deceiving yourself. When you are going through something like this, you need help. I needed help, others needed help. Please be brave enough to step out and get that help. GO back to your doctor and tell him or her that the medication is making you feel worse because that can be very dangerous. Your doctor needs to know this. If you do not feel like your doctor is listening to you or helping you enough, then find another, but do so as soon as possible. Wishing you the best....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      7 years i went threw a really bad breakdown it was so bad i lost my 3 young children ie ever seen them since i did recover at leasti think i did,until the past 6months its all happening again i feel scared a had another child whos 3yr old a don't want to lose him too my doctor put me strong medication but they are making me worse at times am so confused and im scared too tell anyne how i really feel, a don thnk thisis ever going to go away reading others msgs here now know im not alone, will this horrible feelng ever goaway plz help a can't take mch more off this inside head the horrible thoughts wont go away and its really scaring what's coming next

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      Nancy 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Denise: I am sorry you are having such a run of difficulties. There is always hope and you can and should definitely seek help. I don't know where you live, but surely there is an abundance of help available to you. I know that writing things out like this can feel like a bit of relief, but you need to seek sources in your community who can give you hands-on assistance. I would start with your doctors and ask them to refer you if they need to. If you are bi-polar, then you probably should be taking medication in addition to seeking counseling. All good wishes to you. No matter how desperate you feel, please just force yourself to get out there and find help!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi there,

      over the past 8 years I have had operation after operation for problems caused by a peri-anal abcess. I is finally acknowledged that I have Chrons disease. I developed a fistula and shortly after had to have a colostomy. This I found initially very hard to deal with and had so many leaks that I became upset all of the time and didn't go out much. The leaks got better and I found bags and appliances that suited me better. I developed a very large parastomal hernia and had to have the colosotmy moved to the other ide of my tummy and have the hernia repaired using pigs mesh... I had infections for almost a year after and then the other side developed a hernia and I had to then have this other hernia repaired as an emergency as my bowel had obstructed totally! This cleared the bowel but I had the Hernia bac within 8 weeks, even though I was very careful I had several invasive "Fistula" repairs also to try and close the hole between my back passage and vagina that had caused me to have to have the colostomy in the first plce, due to incontinence. I had 9 attempts at this proceedure before going to London to a very good professor who finally managed to close this fisutla.. I have recently 14 wees ago had a reversal of my colostomy and another hernia repair (that was in a state according to my consultant)... I am feeling physically better than I was and not having the colostomy is so much better. I still have a lot of pain in my tummy that prevents me from doing very much at all. I am only 48 years old and I have been told be be thankful that I am alive. I can feel and see one side of my tummy getting bigger again and I am 99% sure (not being pesemistic) that I am developing yet another 4th hernia! I am in pain as I said and I have been told that nothing can be done this time and nothing would be tried unless it was a matter of life and death!!! I feel like I have been dumped on the scrap heap as this all only started with a peri-anal abcess and no-one would listen to me until finally it burst... I feel anger from bac then 8 years ago and although my consultant has been fabulous I find it hatd to accept that I just have to put up with this the way it is and ccept that I am going to be constantly in pain.. I can't even drive without such a lot of pain. I also suffer with "Mild Bi-polar disrder" and I feel I have lost my self confidence, so much so that even when my children talk to me, I feel like they are staring into my eyes and seeing that I don't feel right. I am tierd all the time but have nightly interuptd sleep and I feel as though a lot of people who I used to care about, simply don't like me anymore.

      I would say that I now I am extremely depresed, even in the middle of a breakdown and I just don't now what to do. I question my thoughts all the time, I question my behaviou all the time and I don't want to go to my husbands daughters wedding as it would mean having to mix with people that I am not comfortable with and the wedding is abroad. Im supposed to be going to australia to stay with my son in July and I don't get on with his wife, she bully's me and insists that I don't do things like flush the toilet because i may wake their son up? I found this so difficlut 2 years ago when I had my colostomy especially! Please can anyone hlp and guide me? I feel like Im a blithering wreck and can't seem to give eye contact to people who i am lose to.. Im so afraid!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Zsazsa: I am the writer of this page, but am not logged in right now to the site, so it won't be obvious that it's me unless I tell you. I am "on the road". I highly encourage you to get him in to see his regular doctor. It's possible that this is not a mental issue, but that it is a side effect of a medical issue (not that mental issues aren't medical, but I'm sure you and others know what I'm trying to say). See if he will let you go with him to the appointment so the doctor doesn't miss anything. A "shrink" wouldn't be my first recommendation anyway. Also, if he takes any medications, look up all the side effects for them and see if they could be contributing to his situation. Check with the pharmacist if you need to. A "shrink" is not the only, or even best, answer. I wish you all the best and am so sorry you are going through this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my husband is the person having the nervous breakdown, he thinks we are all out to get him and that we are all part of a conspiracy to drive him mad. He almost called the cops last night because he was that freaked out. Living with him has become a total emotional rollercoaster of hell. he won't see a dr about his issues because he likes to say that he is "smarter than any shrink" I don't know what to do

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @tiffkins123: Why u such a smartarse?? Hemroid head

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: THe nervous breakdown ended..after 14 months..ended up in critical care unit of Emergency Room with shaking hands...electro lights out..When I got out after 3 days..they got my potassium levels back up so my heart would not stop beating..the constant anxiety.it was a nightmare to live through..Total of 2 mgs of zanex and it did not put a dent in the anxiety....I almost died from the breakdown..hence the Emergency room..AND they had me on deperession drugs..pumped up to the highest level...Apparently I was unable to take care of myself....Every day I leaped out of my bed..caused by the massive anxiety attack every day...all day..heading for the coffee...so stressed I could not even wait for it to finish..poured while dripping..grabbing a cigarettte. then a pill...FEB 2007..the massive anxiety ended..BUT I have not recovered...started to recover..then winter hit..and was stunned by seasonal depression that sucked me in so fast..AND every winter it happens...I get functional...for the most part..out walking and running..THEN winter hits and I am done..AND I am stuck living with an alcoholic ..I am the roommate..constant stress...which is the last thing I need..NO...I am not recovering..I will never recover under these living conditions...and every Winter...I go down...bad..the black hole..(cont'd)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanku :)

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      tiffkins123 7 years ago

      Don't lose hope. Everything happens for a reason and Hemroids can be treated.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Tashi

      Try not to associate with anyone in your life that is pulling you down. You deserve better. Be with peopl who are positive and give you good vibes.... This will help you get through all this..... Best of Luck.......Suicide is not the answer..... You are better than that......

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My Mum has something sevelery wrong. Her sister dies in August, Her Husband left her in August and in October she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, her 2 other daughters do not want to have anything to do with her. She is a mess, seems like she has lost everything in 3 months....... She is showing sever signs of a Nervous Breakdown. I wish I could help her.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am having a nervous breakdown I think!

      My friend keeps on lieng to us and that makes me stressed out and if that isn't enough I get bullied on a day to day bases and yet my school does nothing about it!! I wish that life wasn't this hard and I've tried to commit suicide 3 times but there's one person that i fancy and the only reason I'm alive is because he's there to pull me through it all!! I just wish that people knew what they were doing to me

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My life is perfect- I'm in a great relationship, I've got no financial issues, I've got a nice job, and I'm in a "perfect life situation".. I grew up in a nice home. I'm from an "old family" with its "old money", I've only got a twin brother (he's my best mate as well), and I had what's probably by most people classified as "the perfect childhood". I had my freedom.

      I've got bipolar disorder, and I see a psychiatrist twice a week. I'm currently in a small depression-period (although I've had worse), but .. yeah,, don't know what to say really- I'm under a lot of preassure. Stress is my opium- I live to work. I love work. I don't need to work, but I love it!

      I've suddenly god trouble breathing, I just cry and cry, I can barely smoke a cigarette (and I'm a pack-a-day-smoker), I've barely ate for the last 3 days, I don't like going out anymore, laughing is hard, I can't focus, the world is really REALLY scary right now. Then it stops, and comes back within 20 minutes.

      Is this a breakdown?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      please take some time out. Your little boy is what really matters. In this life your meant to be here to fly. If you ask god to help you along the way he certainly will . It may take time but he will be with you all the way. You need to take time out for yourself. YOU are what matter the most. Not your job. Remember every day when you get up that you are the most important person in your job and you have to make that a priority or look for a new job.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to Mumstheword] You do not have to keep going as you are. Stop. The world will not cease turning if you do not go in to work. Your number one job is being a good mum to that little boy. In order to do that you've got to put your health and well being as a higher priority - what message are you giving him otherwise? Take some time out to get some perspective and then when you are feeling less stressed you can take a more objective, rational view on the full picture. Do not rush important decisions about the future. Be kind to yourself. Get some help. Look after you. Be well and you will be well. All good wishes to you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I feel like I am totally on the edge. Every quiet moment I feel this overwhelming wave of sadness and my eyes well up. My job is killing me. The pressure is unbelievable and my boss is a bully. I have been struggling to stand my ground. I am wobbling. Part of me just wants to let go. freefall. I won't do it though because I have the most amazing, beautiful boy who will be three tomorrow. I want to be ok. I have to be ok for him. I have a mortgage and bills to pay and no one around to support me, financially, socially or emotionally. I have a great family and friends but they are too geographically distant to just be with. Talking on the phone just seems to make it worse when all you want is a big hug. Believe me I'd leave but I can't take my boy away from his dad no matter how much he let me down. How can I work out what to do?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i was diagnosed as bipolar first-took meds for a while. then the shrink said maybe i was schizo---

      i had a nervous breakdown (mental breakdown) snapping-unable to function b/c i could adapt to my life fast enough-moved to new state, divorce, first baby with all financial responsibility etc..

      i was then diagnosed as listed in the dsm-iv with acute adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood i think its 309.4 this diagnosis after i looked it up and kinda made sense of it made me start working to bettering myself. i do not take medication. I do go to regular therapy for my peace of mind-- i also confide in a friend that i trust- and also keep as a positive person in my life cause it makes it better- the best advice i have is to get rid of all negativity and i couldn't do it. my friend and therapist took a look at my life and told me these persons were not good and to get rid of them.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had a breakdown and even blacked out for a few days. I went to the hospital and what not. I am divorced and I was and I still am very sad. I was very sad about my life. Instilled in me was "you are supposed to be able to handle it all" and not complain or quit or stop. Finances, loneliness, low self esteem(i thought I wasn't good enough- but my family held me on a pedistal that I was sooo strong. I can handle anything).

      I am going upward now though... I got rid of all the negative people so far that i can think of and it makes a difference.i feel less responsibility- i don't have to please so many other people. I am pleasing me. I am learning to stand firm to what I and only I think is the rightchoice (granted i try to be as reasonalbe and practical first now)--no more rash, hasty and foolishness-- I am not perfect and I am slowly accepting that- I am not perfect, i wasn't meant to be perfection- im human and its ok to make mistakes. I would say i am 70/100.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am reading my life at the age of 35 I am now 55.

      What I have learned that God wants us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Many of us fail to do that . Many of us allow the negative thoughts to become our focus, instead of being our own best friend and recognizing our achievements.

      Taking care of ourselves is essential.how do we do that sleep is important, finding an activity that makes our bodies feel better. I used to say, if looking at the color pink for ten minutes makes your body feel better do itttttt.

      Reaching out to people who honor the core of who you are is a great support. stay away from the negativity..

      Do not sweat the small stuff,enjoy the llittle treasures in lifest even a smile from a neighbor And know that you are worth more then you think, God loves us,why should we not love ourselves

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am undergoing the same.unhappy about everything trying so hard to hold onto it .Yet at 26 lifei s just beginning.had a breakdown a few weeks ago now am constipated for close to two months .Is there a way out?

      Please help

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to BUNGALOWBILL] I thought I was reading a post unknowingly written by myself. I stepped down 10 months ago. I really want to end it all but do not want to hurt my wife and two kids. However, I constantly wrestle with the feelings that my absence would only be painful in the short term. I am simply dying inside every day. My business is failing, my wife is becoming more distant, I have nowhere to turn, so many people depend on me to be the strong one. I don't know how much longer I will make it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to The Great Pretender] You said it perfectly. It takes all the strength I have to fight on and then night comes and I just fall apart. Happens every day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have been having a very hard time with anger. Also caring about anything. I see people around me that I once trusted and respected now lying, cheating, pretending to be so good and honest but being nothing but hypocrites. This is against the background of being one of Jehovah's Witnesses. My wife is a zealous Witnesses, I once was an elder and resigned several years ago. My 12 year old son attends because I do. I have a particular problem with one man who talks out of both sides of his mouth and it has just ruined it all for me. Sucked the life right out of me and has left me nothing but disinterested in spiritual things in any nature. I have read all kinds of philosophy, psychology, self-help books and there are bits and pieces of all of them in me. I am bright, quick witted, and can be very charming but beneath the veneer I am either crying or screaming inside. My Guitar Gently Weeps. Think about suicide a lot but never engage in a plan. Do not want to hurt my son.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I feel paralyzed. I just want to give up. Why try? The bad thing is that I'm smart and know that things aren't right. I sometimes just want to run away. I know it sounds silly, but I just want to RUN AWAY. I'm 27 and thinking about leaving my family, how much further in life could I really get? I feel better when I pray. I will pray for everyone here.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      To be honest, I don't know if i'm having a nervous breakdown or not. I don't know what to do. I'm just doing things that I normally do not do. I cannot keep going through this. My job is on the line. All I want to do is cry for no reason. I want to sleep all of the time, and i'm so irritable that I try not to be around people. I know i'll snap at them. What should I do???

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      Nancy 7 years ago

      To all of you who are seeking my advice: please don't hesitate to find help locally. I would suggest starting with a medical doctor who can assess your situation and symptoms and offer medication, if needed, as well as referrals to local, reputable counselors and other specialists. Don't assume you are just weak or alone in this. Remember, it is a valid, medical issue. You must take care of yourself first and in a healthy way.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i feel like im going to crack at any minute . But I can't. If I let go for one minute and I don't stay in control of my emotions,everything will come crashing down. I march forward and block it out. I know I have obligations. If i can't maintain,the people who depend on me will not make it. Its not fair.Why do i have to carry the burden because I am the strong one. I read these responses and wonder why it is so easy for you to let that vulnerable side show.I wish I could. I envy you. I suppose in some respect if you knew me you would envy me thinking everything msut be fine with her.She seems well adjusted. Some of us just hide it well.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to the writer of this lens]

      Yeah I had the breakdown. It ended January 2007....way much better...still cannot work at all...went to 1 session of cognitive therapy...unable to return...so..

      Recovery time is different for everyone. For myself, I believe that optimal living environment is a necessity...when living environment is unstable a lot of the times...

      that is never good.

      Question: how long was it for you before you were able to return to a part-time job?

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      DragonAsh 7 years ago

      I have suffered in the past but i`m on the road to recovery now :) great lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i am now sufferring in nervous breakdown, i seek for a help then told me so that i myself nan heal what is happening right now... i don't want to lose my family ,,,,, i was just a happy go locky girl before but when i got married i changed a lot,, i did everything to please myself and almost everybody,,, i want to go back where i started ,,,, based on the symptoms ,,, i reaaly had that one,,,, i need help really bad help.... What should i do?

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      Valu LM 8 years ago

      Thank you for the useful information. This will prevent my further nerves problems. At least I hope so, but at least now I know more about the subject.

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      Donna_Larsen 8 years ago

      Great Lens. I too, have shared my story on Squidoo about how my mental health almost destroyed me until I finally found a panic attack remedy. Mental health is so dark. We need to bring it to light.

      Peace

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      Davidfstillwagon 8 years ago

      terrific lens about an important subject. 5 and fav'd it

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I had problems at work,(I got mad and had some math errors) ,they sent me to see a company doctor. Thitry days later and after 4 week "councilling ", He "doctor" saw me for 3minutes,because "he is an important and busy man " per the councilor. He told me to take the pills or he would send me to the "hospital" for for one day or 1 year for the meds to stablize.

      The insurance man called, faxed, and certified mailed the doctor no response from him. I hand carried to form over to billing, the next week my attorney called him no answer. The next visit, they had the form but they could not find the adresss shown the top of all six pages. Now with the 401k money spent, laid off, pills that make me sick every day and gossip from his office, I am locked into treatment per the company, The 5 heron addicted at the plant 1 is on the street, 2 are in jail, and 1 is MIA but they got back to work after 30 days and are cured. His other patients from the plant are on SSI and early pension

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      inese_millere 8 years ago

      Enjoyed reading; i am a Stress Management Coach and must say that you have very innovative approach to stress management.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love your lens so much! I'll not give you less than 5 stars.

      I have built a new lens: How to Cover Hair Loss Using Wig?. Feel free to visit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was in the throes of a nervous breakdown, and two years later I am still trying to put the pieces together. It is reassuring to read that someone else, after two years also is still recovering. For myself , this was a very disorienting and painful experience, that left me feeling very lost. I would recommend as a preventative measure for anyone who suffers from basic anxiety, as I did, to take hold, of the stress of your fears, as early as possible,seek therapy through an intelligient and kind therapist who has a spiritual outlook for you to use as a foundation for coping, and do not isolate. Had I done this early in my life, I would not have carried my fears around inside, and wasted so much of who I was. Unfortunately we live in a culture, that has little spiritual support, I feel, and those who go through such a painful ordeal, have little to look out to, to guide them back to themselves. You matter. Do not go it alone.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for all shared here. I even found a link here to purchase relaxation and meditation cds and tapes. I enjoyed the video on pets and stress reduction from Mayo Clinic very much. It made me think of my two lovelies (one who is a rescue) and how much they mean to me and how much joy they bring our whole family! The earth is a lovely place in so many ways!

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      nofatlegs 8 years ago

      I think one of the most important things you mention is "know yourself" because we do not always know what a specific feeling means. It took me years to learn to recognize tension building up.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens. 5*

      If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.

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      2knights 8 years ago

      Hi there,

      Your blog caught my eye, I've been there! Do love those peaceful photos and the floral ones are beautiful. I was very seriously ill but now I am much stronger and plan to remain so. I have a plan for my life right from day to day things through to the 'big' stuff, and love it. Cheers. J.K.

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      DeeHayes 8 years ago

      Great lens, my mother suffered a nervous breakdown at a very young age, thanks for taking the time to create this lens.

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      Great job here providing a valuable and hopeful resources list for people who are hurting and suffering. Worth way more than 5 Stars! Hope you visit my lens regarding secrets to emotional healing. Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for your insight. I am working hard to recover froma nervous breakdown that started 4 months ago. My mother in law committed suicide and my parents divorced and dad got very ill all w/ in 1 year. My body and mind just collapsed on me. I am surviving on my faith and wonderful supportive family and three children. This is the hardest thing I think anyone can go through and I appreciate the words of hope. My biggest issue now is the fears I have developed from this. Thanks again for hope.

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      Davidfstillwagon 8 years ago

      What a powerful and informative lens! 5

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      robby1 8 years ago

      What an interesting read and a super lens. I especially enjoyed the photos which were an added touch.

      Well deserved

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      robby1 8 years ago

      What an interesting read and a super lens. I especially enjoyed the photos which were an added touch.

      Well deserved

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hmmm, sounds a lot like what I had when I landed in the hospital for Congestive Heart Failure. Lucky for me it stopped there. Thanks for posting the symptoms to watch out for. :-)

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      stressbuster 8 years ago

      An important lens on an important subject, I enjoyed reading it.

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      manang 8 years ago

      Stress, anxiety are mental deseases. Lack of timely ministration these can lead to other complications.

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      FitSteph 8 years ago

      Wow what a great lens! If anyone is looking to chat about exercise, working out, health, fitness, or anything else, these fitness forums ?, are my favorite. It’s genuinely one of the best websites if you are looking to track food, plan meals, build workouts, and count calories!

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      ihavenails 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Thanks for all of the important info. The nice, calming photos was an added touch! Thanks again for educating people. I do not think enough attention is given to our emotional health, yet I see everywhere, the signs of people struggling.

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      JennyLynn86 8 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for sharing information that is vey valuable and for your courage. 5*s

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      Amazinghealth4u 8 years ago

      A very informative lens, providing support and hope.

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      mikeitloffe 8 years ago

      This is a very helpful page. I am going to pass it to a friend who is in need.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are a very brave person to share this and I hope that you are well now. Blessings to you for being who you are.

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      homecarediva 8 years ago

      Now that is cool! This lens is invited to join The Cool Lens Group - where EACH lens gets VOTES from the admin and gets FAVORITED too. Hooray, one of the coolest and busiest groups is reopened.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is a lens well-worth reading. Thanks for detailing the causes, signs and solutions.

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      ParthenaB 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this. Chronic pain eventually took me to that place. Lensrolling you on my adult attachment disorder and back surgery malpractice lenses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I did not seek help for my mental state after the breakup of my 11 yr marriage 13 years ago. This traumatic time in my life along with multi- deaths/losses including my job proved to be to much for me to deal with. Approximately a year and a half ago I had a full blown breakdown and had to be rushed by ambulance to the physiciatric ward of the hospital. I volunteered to be admitted and spent 2 days inside b4 I insisted on being released. i felt that I was not getting the attention that I needed. Finally upon seeing a Doctor I agreed to see a mental health practitioner and I have been 1 day a week ever since. I see a councilor once every 2 weeks. I have taken group grievance classes. as well as others. I have a long road to go still. I suffer from panic attacks, cold sweats, sleepless nights, muscle pain and an overall sense of exhaustion. The road ahead is going to be a bumpy one but at least I have gotten on that road to recovery instead of spending another13 years in the ditch

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I SUFFERED A FULL BLOWN BREAKDOWN ABOUT 13 YEARS AGO WITH THE BREAKUP OF MY MARRIAGE, SHE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MY BEST FRIEND AND I CAUGHT THEN TOGETHER IN MY OWN HOME. I WAS COMPLETELY OUT OF IT, I LOST TRACK OF TIME ETC.. I WENT BACK TO WORK AFTER 5 DAYS THINKING I CAN HANDLE THIS AND NO ONE WILL EVEN KNOW THAT THE BREAKUP HAPPENED. WRONG! THAT AFTERNOON MY BOSS CAME INTO MY OFFICE AND SAID YOU LOOK LIKE HELL! I THOUGHT SHAVED,SHOWERED AND A SUIT WOULD COVER HOW I FELT INSIDE...I EVEN LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR B4 LEAVING FOR WORK THAT MORNING AND SAYING TO MYSELF YOU'LL DO FINE AND YOU LOOK GREAT! I COMPLETELY LOST IT WHEN MY BOSS REMARKED ON HOW BAD I LOOKED AND I JUMPED UP FROM MY DESK AND RAN TO THE RESTROOM...I STAYED IN THERE CRYING FULL OUT FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN ETERNITY. IN ACTUALITY IT WAS MORE LIKE 20-25 MINUTES. MY BOSS CALLED ME HIS OFFICE AND ASKED ME WHAT WAS WRONG I TOLD HIM I WAS GETTING OVER THE FLU...HE ASKED ME, ARE YOU SURE THAT'S ALL IT IS? HE KNEW!

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      realadviser 8 years ago

      Buspar This medicine works very well for me. I have not experienced any side affects. I have been taking this medicine for two years and I am very grateful my Doctor prescribed it.

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      brucecosmo 8 years ago

      Thanks for your precious time

      Have a look at my lens here :)

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      Nancy 8 years ago

      I apologize to "Ola". I removed your comment because you included your e-mail address and I do not want anyone to prey on you. There are some strange people surfing the web. I could not find a way to just remove your address.[in reply to nanswa]

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      Nancy 8 years ago

      [in reply to nanswa] Someone has asked why I have not responded to all these comments. As it is an informational page and not meant to be a forum, I do not check it regularly. I had not expected it to turn into a conversation. I am sorry if any of you have been disappointed, hurt or confused at my lack of communication.

      I encourage any of you who are having problems to seek help immediately, ESPECIALLY if you are suicidal.

      Another person asks how I have coped now that I am "back", so to speak. When I returned to work, I returned part-time. I know my tendencies and make sure that I do not push myself too far again. I take steps to effectively communicate and not hold things inside until I'm overwhelmed by my own emotions. I saw a therapist who helped me to think differently by following "cognitive behavior therapy". This was extremely helpful.

      Take care of yourselves.

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      Nancy 8 years ago

      WOW! To all of you who have been posting on this page and using it like a "forum" to have a conversation: that wasn't its original intent, but if it helps you, OK.

      To get into a contest, so to speak, about who has had a "real" nervous breakdown and who hasn't is a bit counter-productive, I think. If you read the information presented here, you will learn that the term "Nervous Breakdown" is not even an official term in modern medicine and that a doctor will recognize it as a combination of depression, anxiety and more. Everyone responds differently. If you push yourself too far, become overwhelmed with your situations and reach the point where you are no longer able to cope with your daily life, this is what I am referring to--and it manifests in a unique way for each person.

      One of my goals in writing this was to help people recognize the symptoms before it has gone too far and to seek help in order to take care of yourselves.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to katrina] Katrina,I would like to talk to you further on the topic of nervous breakdowns,could I e-mail you or something,I am now going on 7 mnths and do not have anyone to really talk to about this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      FOr the folks who have had a nervous breakdown - this forum is run its course.

      I had mine- the true "nervous breakdown". MOST commenters have not had the classic "nervous breakdown"

      On another site, a man writes of his. AND- he ends it tht it is the FIGHT of your life to recover. ANd that is true.

      Depending upon living environment- family and friends, and finances - the recovery can stay on course. Otherwise - .....ups , downs, sideways.

      It is a fight for your life.

      this forum deserves no further comment.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The author of this blog states he/she has been there. SO, why do you not post any comments.

      Time to forget this blog.

      Especially, since this blog has has gone off its "borderline"

      Good night.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      TO Rocky:

      FIrst you have to get through the symptoms of the breakdown, and when is subsides, then you are in recovery.

      See the Doctor, take the meds, keep seeing the doctor and reporting your symptoms and if any side effects. Hang in there. Keep seeing the doctor.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      To TONY:

      TRYTrTry wrote she was a strong woman. She broke her back, has problem with insurance company and now has to have back surgery. AND you are telling her to climb in a hole and feel her emotions.

      Most inappropriate response.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Do not know who Toni is talking to. Obviously, she has not had a "nervous breakdown". As to my recovery: meds and side effects. Trouble. Been on anti-depressents and over the last 12 months, I have figured out the side effects. Out of the blue, after things going smooth, dizzy spells and vertigo that lasts for 4 days, give or take. Presently, going through withdraw past 4 weeks, as I cannot take the side effects anymore. Go to the gym, come out "spacey", even bumped my car. Not good. SO- dealing with that. Feel crummy in different way, but better with lowering the dosage. I suppose I am depressed. Now, newest side effect is being tired all the time. Do not leave the house. Have not been able to go to gym for 2 weeks. That is bad. SO- this recovery process is a slow bummer. FIrst cannot get out of house 'cause too dizzy, now too tired. ha.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The fact is that bad things happen in life. It is inevitable. Sometimes they will seem overwhelming and disproportionate, and sometimes they will seem manageable. Fortunately we have a natural remedy for dealing with these problems. This remedy is too accept how you are feeling rather than fighting it. We are brought up to believe that some feelings are bad and some are good, and we end up trying to pretend to ourselves that we are not having the bad ones. No human being can cope with this. I suggest that you stop trying to fight or 'swimming', and instead crawl into that hole, and let your mind feel all those emotions that it wants you to feel. If you don't deal with things now, you will be running away forever. You say you have been a 'strong woman all your life'. What I imagine this means is that you have 'just kept swimming' your whole life. You have clearly been through a traumatic few months/ years. Let yourself heal, and feel everything you have to feel. Love to you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      THis is a forum for "nervous breakdown". SO- my heart goes out you big time. YOur troubles are immense.....

      Some of you are talking about "depression". That is not a nervous breakdown. I wish you would find a "depression" forum" to post your comments.

      I would like to hear about the people who had the breakdown. Just my thoughts.

      If the author of this forum had a breakdown- tell us how you started to "cope" after the breakdown stopped. Recovery is a fight for your life - and I do not believe that everyone fully recovers. 2 years and I am not fully recovered. I am not back to normal and full functioning.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanx, already done it...appointment next week.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to laura]

      LAURA - sorry for the way you are feeling- BUT, when you do not feel well, you go to the M.D.- the doctor.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have made my situation worse and worse by people not realising symptoms and me being mean...resulting in me loosing friends and being eaten up by the guilt of what i said to them, breaking down in the street, cant sleep, and i tried so hard to explain what was going on that i fear i scared them off. it turned into an obsession appologising. i cant play with my son, i cant talk to my partner, he doesnt understand whats going on in my mind. im constantly confused, extreme weight loss. i feel abandoned and have thought about ending it. i actually started looking into a will and redecorating my house so it will look nice when im gone, who can help?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It seem that i don't know my problem, i get married last August and since that time am not my self , i cry all the time, i don't feel happy even i try to kill my self twice.. i don't know what to do and my husband he is not helping at all, he doesn't want problem that all, he keep telling me that if i will keep on like this he will never be back... my problem that my husband want to change me 180 degree and this can't be he push and he dosen't know that he push.. you are going to tell me tell him...i did but nothing same thing.. I want to be good i want my smile back i want me back to normal... i think i will get divorce and take my time and be back to normal, am forcing my self. In the pass i was the Queen of every thing , i was smilling all the time, even with problem, but now .. can any one help me...pls i want to be back... my email is (ola_nashaat@yahoo.com)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yup... I'm in the middle of this vile thing, but I seem to be in good company : )

      cheers

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe with all of my being that I am having a nervous breakdown. I don't know what to do or where to turn. I can't even eat anymore. I can't seem to do anything... I just don't know what to do...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to katrina] My problem is that my children live up north and I am in Florida. My two daughters just had babies on is 5 months old and one is 6 months old. I have had depression for years, but now I can't eat, the only thing I'll eat is cereal and peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat breead. I usually eat Total cereal for the vitamins. All I keep wishing for is that I can go into the hospital, I just need a break..... My husband does not understand... This is the first Christmas I've had without family. We can't afford to move north, but I do get to visit once in awhile but it's not enough. I take meds, but they don't seem to be helping. I see a psychologist and my family doctor is treating me too. Help

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to AshleyBretting-M.S.]

      I had the real deal- not that you did not. I had the "classic" as I shall call it. Why the breakdown. too much stress coming from every direction. More balls in the air than I wa able to cope with- to boot a very mucked environment called the house of horrors where everything goes wrong. The computer breaks, the printer breaks, door handles fall off, toilets explode and water pours donw from the ceiling - through the bathroom. Yeah - the horror. And I am trying to find a job.

      Classics systems - first you fight to survive, then body starts breaking down in functional ways. Call the doctor and get meds. The more you fght to survive - the more you breakdown your body and worse, over ride your medication, even when it is upped. you breakdown to zip functioning. It can last 14 months and one may never recover completely or be able to work.THe real deal

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      inese_millere 8 years ago

      Well done; I enjoyed reading it; very important topic

      inese

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I never thought this would be me. But I am living what you have been talking about. My oldest son was in Iraq for about 11 months. That was very hard for me. He came home safe on October 17th. We had a big home coming ceremony for him with my parents, brother and wife, sister and 3 of her kids, my other son, my husband and I. It was nice. My son and I talked often before he left and pretty frequent while he was there (on computer) I only heard his voice 2 times while he was in Iraq. That was very hard for me. His wife and I are not very close. They had a baby while he was gone. I felt very out of the loop. Now that he is back....I have only spoke to him one time..that was when he wanted me to do something for him. And as soon as it was done he hung up. No chit chat. He would text me once in awhile. But most times I will text him and he doesn't even answer me or I will call him and he doesnt answer or return my call.

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      AshleyBretting-MS 8 years ago

      Very good information you've shared here, healing is a slow process and you're worth it! Hugs.

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      Nancy 8 years ago

      [in reply to angel] Angel: I am sorry you are having such a challenging time. You ask for advice. I don't know where you live, but there are organizations designed to help. In our community we have something called "Caregivers" which is a volunteer based group helping seniors and disabled people to stay in their own homes by helping them with a variety of tasks. I would call a Hospise type organization to ask for referrals because they would know of groups who could help you cope with taking care of your dad, even if he doesn't have a terminal illness. I definitely recommend you see your doctor, as lack of sleep is a serious health issue. My guess is that anxiety is causing your sleep problems and your doctor could prescribe something to help you with this very normal reaction to all you are dealing with and he/she may be able to refer you to affordable counseling. Also, I encourage you to call a suicide hotline. They are there to help you. Don't give up. Ask for help.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      one thing I can say about all of those things is that they are all things and the one constant in this world is that things change I know that it is cliche but thats because its true. Here is a litle about me. I grew up witha drug addicted mother who was either neglectful or abusive and no father. we wher very poor sometimes I didn't know where my next meal would come from. kind of sukced to put it mildly. when i was about thirteen I was on the virge of suicide. but somewhereinside of me I knew that things no matter how horrible they seemed would get better fast foward eighteen years and some choice made out of who I truly am and want to be not where I came from or what has happpend to me yes the happende but it doesnt't need to dertermin my whole. My advice is to decide who you want to be and be it. I deiced to have a wonderful life in hawaii and raise three beatiful kids and marry a man who loves me I love the choices I have made and the person I chosen to be so glad I didn,t end it

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am so tired all the time and just "stunned"...Ive had so many losses, more recently my mom...Caretaking and overseeing my dad's care has just done me right in...I'm afraid that I might just do something but honestly, i'm too exhausted all the time to even try...I live alone, am a widow, lost some so called friends over really petty issues an now have nowhere to turn really...If anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated...Oh, and my sleep in terrible...wake up at 3am every morning and can't get back...Signed,

      Burnt out and Depressed

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to rocky]

      Oh my God, you just described me. Except I hate my job. Which is one of the many reasons for my stress. Been on medical leave for 2 weeks. I have lost so much, lost my sister, who was my best friend 10 years ago, then a dear friend a couple months later, both were only 42 years old. Fast forward to 3 years ago, my marriage, which had been toxic for many years broke up,, lost my mother 1 1/2 years ago, lost 2 wonderful friendships over really stupid stuff. Nicotine was the only real addiction I ever had...Now i am obsessed with online dating and really obsessed / addicted to sex, real, phone or online sex..Can't stop thinking about it. I don't like what an dwho i have become. I have a 14 year old son who needs his Mom back. And I need to go back to work. I'm getting help from same type of Dr.s you mentioned, but I know I have a long way to go. Never thought I could have a nervous breakdown...Just want to find me again, if there ever really was a me in there

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Rocky, you're on the right track. Get the rest and help you need. As far as your job, remember when one door closes another door opens. I've been where you are and know that I could be there again. I take it one day at a time. And I try to look for the silver lining. Think of some of the things you've been through in your life and survived. You can survive this. Good luck and keep talking to whom ever you need to

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      Gwen4045 8 years ago

      i really can relate to this lens. a friend of mine is only 30 years old but he is always nervous, and scared, and definitely not at peace. it also came to the point that he cannot sleep at night, frightened over nothing. me and my friends decided to give him a puppy on his up coming birthday. hope this will somehow relaxes him.

      thanks for this very cool, helful lens :)

      gwen

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How do you come back from a breakdown,i am in the belly of the beast right now and i dont know what to do.I am seeing my dr,theripist,psychologist,im on a medical leave,and while being on a medical leave they called to tell me that I was suspended pending an investigation due to my work proformance. I have never been written up nor have i ever been in trouble with my job,so the fact that I am going to lose a job that I highly love is putting more pressure on my and hendering my ability to get better. I have never had an addiction to anything in my life,and now just outa the blue i like to gamble alot,i have never liked to gamble i think that it is stupid and boring,yet here I am crying non stop feeling so discusted and ashamed at my self because i feel as though i need to be there. god just make it stop,i dont like who i am anymore,it is discusting,i am discusting.when does it stop

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      A combination of negative people, places, and things can bring all of us to a breaking point. But, we can reach out for help. Thanks for sharing this excellent lens--5 Stars. Please see how I try to help others too:

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      Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist

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      Bworms 8 years ago

      People should definitely be careful with their mental health. For some reason Bipolar runs in my family, typically the females. We were shocked when an older male in the family suddenly had a terrible breakdown. Like you said, we need to watch for the signs but many do not.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Stress is something you can cntrol. Just have to figure out the key in yourself

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      JamesThomasCalho 8 years ago

      Such a helpful lens. High stress and high conflict environments are all around us. It is so essential that we learn how to build effective boundaries and take good care of our selves. Thanks for your work.

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      CruisinAsh 8 years ago

      What a great lens. I hope you have helped many people that need guidance when it comes to emotional breakdowns

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      TheWicker 9 years ago

      Interesting lens and nice layout! Thanks for sharing this info. Urban, lensmaster of Anxiety Disorder Treatment

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      Hawaye 9 years ago

      I have experience a nervous breakdown when i made a major move: its very frustrated.

      Now i run a web hosting business

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      AshleyBretting-MS 9 years ago

      Nice job here, please visit me at wwww.squidoo.com/psychotherapist or at www.ashleybretting.com

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      Excellent, Excellent lens. 5 stars without a doubt.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Thank you for a valuable lens. You have a lot of helpful information and advice.

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      sstoark 9 years ago

      Nice lens, I will be bookmarking this page!

      I am working on a health orientated lens about hemroids

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      romyraut 9 years ago

      Excellent lens, I have given it a 5 star rating. I am working myself on a lens about acne treatments.

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      NatureQuest 9 years ago

      Very useful and interesting information!

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      BodyBuildingKing 9 years ago

      Wow Great Lens. Lots of wonderful information. You get 5 stars from me.

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      Amanzing lens. 5 STARS!

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      bestacnereview 9 years ago

      This is an amazing lens. Bookmarked!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Its good to know that I am not alone.. and that wellness will come.. Thank you for this site..It all just takes time and lots of patience.. finding out the things that stress us is very important I think.. even those things that we never thought were botherning us but are..things that have been stressing us out over a long period of time without even a clue as to how bad they are for us.. We get so used to those things that we seldom ever think about those things as stressors but they are.. Thank you again this site has been very helpful..

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am coming through a breakdown myself and found your page very useful thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like your lens very much! bookmarked!

      I love squidoo. I hate ACNE

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice pictures and useful information. thanks! 5 stars.

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      jzorro 9 years ago

      Great lens. Nice tips on dealing with stress.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      You help me feel better. Thanks :)

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      SleepAids 9 years ago

      Tons of great information here. Nice job on this lens, I think this has the potential to help a lot of people. Keep up the great job!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      great lens 5 stars 4 u

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a wounderful insightful lens. I am about to "crash" and this was a great help to read.

      thank-you

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very helpful lens! You've given me a lot of tips for dealing with stress. As the saying goes: prevention is better than cure! Nonetheless, we should all be prepared for worse case scenarios. During such trying times, life insurance will come in very handy. Here's a site that gives some tips on where to get an affordable life insurance quote. Feel free to drop by!

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      steve40004 9 years ago

      Wow, what a wonderful Lens. So beautifully put together. I love it. Very complete. Thank you.

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      jzorro 9 years ago

      Very useful lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens! Wonderful resource. I'll link to it from my assorted sites ;-)

      And I'm enclosing a link for a little gift for your readers.

      Thanks.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is an excellent resource; coming from another that has experienced a major nervous breakdown myself :) Thank you so much for opening up and putting this out there to help everyone understand this, as it is often attached to stigmas.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Great work on demystifying the nervous breakdown. A Squidoo Angel just passed by and blessed ya! ;)

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      the-secret 9 years ago

      Hi,

      Very informative lens! I have written some great articles on stress. You can find them here: Great Stress Articles

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      Victor-Perea 9 years ago

      Sorry...

      I'm including the live link to the aromatherapy video tips site.

      If you want to find more aromatherapy tips that complement this lense go to Aromatherapy Video Tips

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What an excellent lens!

      I found an aromatherapy tip that you'd like to read:

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      Ajowan

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Great info.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi,

      I have reached up to the levels but fortunately I hadn't faced the problem. Anyhow, your description helps to bring out the awareness.Great lens.As this has health concept, I would like to share about skin health.Thanks!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi,

      Great lens which has more informative about getting nervous before you give a presentation or make a speech is perfectly normal.that is when you need to take a look at what is really making you nervous.I got more information from this site.I have my own site which is related to Skin Care Products which gives good information to all.Thanks!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi,Excellent lens which i never visited, i really appreciate this lens.Nervous diseases are some of the most difficult diseases in so far as their diagnosis and treatment are concerned.I have a lens related to how to lose body fat get ripped fast ,this lens has more information that could really helps a lot thanks.

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      SusanShaw 9 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I've been struggling with depression my whole life, and I'm really glad that you've created a resource that will help others who have suffered the way I have.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have hopefully just come out of my breakdown and this has helped me so much - I had no idea what was wrong with me - I didn’t know myself anymore - for years i have been wondering what was wrong with me then it all came to a head 8 months ago - i finally broke - no one could help me as I didn’t know what to say - Finally i can see it for what it was and was - one thing I will say is that I am not afraid anymore - there was a time when I couldn’t leave the house because I taught everyone was out to get me, now I know that the only person out to get me was myself - I have been running from who I am meant to be - it's odd the way you get so blinded by who you are - trust me stay in there people because when you come through you will realise that there is nothing to fear - only love - remembering what’s really beautiful and be grateful for who you are - you are the true blessing

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Ten months into my second stress breakdown in three years. Came out of the last one in 5 months - now at ten months totally losing hope. I am 100% non functional - extremely agitated, tormented out of my skin and anxiety has progressed from severe to panic to terror.

      I thought I was taking good care of myself, I eat well, exercise daily have good relationships but am slammed back into hell again. I wish there was a forum for like souls to talk: I can be reached at: mail@thirdreef.net

      James

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      An important lens, genuinely useful, and well done!

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      southpaw23 9 years ago

      I had been affectionately (or not so affectionately) referring to these feelings as a Quarterlife Crisis. I think it's more common than people realize in people my age (just out of college through late 20s) to have a complete melt-down about the world. Everything's simultaneously so big and full of opportunities yet so boxed in. There's this feeling of "you're going to be too old" to start over and try new things, particularly in the performing arts. I've struggled with the feelings you describe in this lens daily for years now. I hope I can get help someday and turn this circling frustration into productivity and peace.

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      Nancy 9 years ago

      Dear Steph and Susan (and Dan): There are always options. Sometimes when we are under heavy stress, it is hard to even think, let alone see the choices we have. Seek out professional help--someone who can be objective and help you put together a plan to heal. Even if you do not have financial resources, there are options for you. Prolonged stress becomes a health issue. Check with your family doctor or visit a medical clinic for an assessment and be honest with them. Ask for help. I used to feel as if I was in a heavy fog that weighed me down. So, I like to think of it this way: when you are in the fog it is hard to see. You need someone to help lead you out. All the Best to you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I too am feeling weighed down by the problems in my life, half of which i have brought on myself. Half being the victim, but together they are so monumentally difficult to live with. But I am trying to turn that corner, I just hope its not too late.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm desperate and trapped in this unrelenting stressfull situation. I don't know how to escape and there is no way to change things.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for such an informative article. I use to suffer from anxiety and depression but someone recommeded this book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.

      She explains how to take amino acids to fix your anxiety. There are quizzes in the front of the book and you figure out what amino acids you're lacking by your answers. It really changed my life because I

      was on anti depressants. I had no energy and I was dull. So I went from anxious to dull with the anti depressants. With the amino acids I usually only need to use them when I have an unusual amount of stress in my life. The Mood Cure tells you how to keep your body fed with the nutrients your brain needs not cover it up with anti depressants. I hope you read it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow! beautiful, warm and informative Lens. Thank you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      my girl friend is haveng a nerves breakdown and i dont know what to do she lives 900 miles away form me does any one have a answer for us?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Pay attention to the signs. I've let myself crash so many times. Always think I'll get through it without help. breaking down again right now. Home for 2 months and haven't started on the anti depressants yet. It's going to be a long haul. Can't enjoy anything. All alone and ready to jump!!!

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      robbadoey 9 years ago

      Nice! Keep up the awesome work!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I had a nervous breakdown 7 months ago and never saw it coming. But now I can look back and see how it happened, step by step. I can't work and I am seeing a psychologist once a week. This blows me away how life is so fragile. I wonder how long recovery will take? Wish I saw the signs earlier

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The Main thing I worry about is not having a nervous breakdown,But which nerve is going to breakdown?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This site really helps me to understand things more. I myself experience this kind of illness. Hope that there will be a lot of people who will visit this site in order for them to be guided.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      thanks...this was helpful. my father is going through a nervous breakdown and it has been tough to help him. understanding the causes does shed some light on the situation and is helping us put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Krystal,

      Get some help from a counselor. Part of my problem was that I thought I could do everything without anyone's help. I am in recovery mode and it will take awhile. You can do it, just reach out for help.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Judeen,

      I am in the process of recovering from what has become unbearable. I am out of work now, too.

      Make lists, get some mild exercise and eat good foods. Do at least one activity each day that makes you feel good.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Anyway, this site is helpful and I wish those who visit the best in their recovery. No one deserves to go through this.

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      mikewaz lm 9 years ago

      Great lens with some very interesting links.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very well-done! I was wondering - isn't getting a pet another way to combat stressful, nervous feelings? I read somewhere that pets (if you like animals anyway) can considerably improve a person's energy. ***** for you! Stop by Organize YHB sometime.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am recovering from my nervous breakdown. This article was insightful because I now know that I am not alone in this. Each day I become better and feel stronger. Now I also know my limits as well, and my goals are the same, but enjoy life too. Thanks.

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      hotbrain 9 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      A superb lens! Thanks for being so honest and encouraging. :)

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      Alberta 9 years ago

      It would be nice if more people were open about this subject. I think it happens to more people than we think and it's not a nice feeling to imagine you're the only one going through these emotions. Thank you.

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      ginacarlin 9 years ago

      So interesting. Brave topic. Good for you. Congratulations for getting lens of the day!

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      MyKidsInheritance 9 years ago

      Very helpful, informative lens -- 5 stars!

      Melissa

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      anndouglas 9 years ago

      What an awesome and inspiring lens. Stay well.

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      NAIZA LM 9 years ago

      Really appreciate this topic. A lot of encouraging information how to be able to cope in this kind of situation...Definitely, a 5 stars for you!!

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      bebop4bo 9 years ago

      Great site about a topic that is so relevant in our society. 5*****. I have just started a new group called How to Cope with Just About Anything. Would love to see you there! www.squidoo.com/groups/how-to-cope

      Bo

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      Aika 9 years ago

      very helpful lens, many people will benefit this info including me. Thanks! 5* for you

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      FESA 9 years ago

      Sorry, forgot .... definitely 5*s. If I could give you more, I would. Thanks again! Fran

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      FESA 9 years ago

      Thank you for bringing so much "light" to such a sensitive topic. There is often so much unnecessary 'stigma' attached to issues of this nature. I applaud you for helping to bring it out into the open where it belongs and where it should stay. Thank you for your courage!! Fran (FESA)

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      Isacrzy 10 years ago

      I sincerely love this lens, you are helping people through some difficult times. After the loss of a loved one, this is so helpful and yep, I need a pet! 5 stars for sure!

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