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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 - 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, 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


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.

You Are Not Alone


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      little3 2 years 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 3 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

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

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      Nancy 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

      Great videos.

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      Nancy 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Great videos.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 4 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 5 years ago

      Brilliant Lens...Thank you.

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      mtg724 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens !

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      ShilohWhenkey 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 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 5 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 - 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 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about avoiding nervous.!

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      andrea-terry 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Will be back soon.

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      mcadloni 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      Great job!!!

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      Sam 6 years ago from Australia

      Wonderful lens.

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      kevingomes13 lm 6 years ago

      Good lens. It was really interesting.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 6 years ago

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

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      siaga25 6 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 6 years ago

      Anonymous or not this is a remarkable article!

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      athena2011 6 years ago

      Featured your lens on mine Job well done.

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      FitnessFuses 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      fantastic lens all around, Blessed!

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      hirephp lm 6 years ago

      very nice lens thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      Nirmal Shah 6 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:

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      Zut Moon 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

      Thank you for the info nice job

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      Laurel Johnson 6 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 6 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 Keep the good stuff coming.

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      sheezie77 6 years ago

      Interesting reading! thumbs up

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      nelsonkana 6 years ago

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

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      GreenMind 6 years ago from USA

      Wise and thoughtful lens. People need this.

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      JesPiddlin 6 years ago

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