1. Untreated Stress Can Lead To A Nervous Breakdown

    January 4, 2014

    Untreated Stress Can Lead To A Nervous Breakdown

    We live in a world that is full of anxiety and stress. In fact, many doctors will tell you that a great deal of ailments and sicknesses are caused by an overload of chronic stress.  From finances to health to relationships, there seems to always be a stressor knocking at our door.  If you are allowing stressor after stressor to build in your life without treating it, it could lead to a nervous breakdown.

     

    Signs of chronic stress

     

    The first sign that you are carrying chronic stress is a change in your behavior or thought life.  If you are normally an upbeat, caring, thoughtful, and happy person, but have been displaying characteristics and emotions like selfishness, cruelty, bitterness, anger, fatigue, etc., then you are probably carrying a load of stress that is bringing you down. You might not even notice that your attitude and behavior is changing. It may be a loved one or friend that points out your moodiness or lack of drive.

    For example, if a man’s finances have been off for the past few months and he has been stressing over it, he might not be sleeping well at night, overeating because food makes him feel better, or lashing out at his kids because the stress has caused him to have a short fuse.  The financial stress and strain is wearing on this man little by little and if he does not do something to relieve or eliminate the stress, he could be headed for a nervous breakdown.

    Other signs of stress or that you are headed for a breakdown include:

     

    • Emotional outbursts
    • Isolation
    • Severe depression
    • Victim mentality
    • Hopelessness
    • Loss or gain of weight
    • Constant guilty feelings

    Ways to relieve stress

     

    It is important to understand how you can relieve and/or eliminate your stress.  You really can’t avoid stress, because it pops up periodically whether at work, at home, or anywhere!  The key is to find out what stress relievers work for you and use them on a regular basis. Here are some common stress busters that you can try:

    Deep breathing/meditation/yoga. All three of these fall into the same category. There are many people who can attest to the fact that deep breathing, meditation, and yoga are great stress busters.  What is great about deep breathing and yoga is that you can do these exercises each day and only spend about 15 minutes per day doing such to experience stress relief. Find a quiet place to sit and breathe deeply and let go of cares, concerns, and stress.  Think happy thoughts or as in meditation, simply concentrate on the inhale and exhale. You will notice the stress leaving your body.  Yoga is a great form of exercise and a stress reliever. You can do yoga classes or do it in the privacy of your own home.  Commit to these stress busters regularly for less stress and happier living.

    Exercise. Many people find that regular exercise helps them de-stress and feel better emotionally and physically.  You can take a brisk walk, go jogging, play tennis, disc golf, golf, hit the gym, or any other sport or exercise regimen that appeals to you. If you exercise 3 to 5 times per week, you are not only de-stressing, but also burning calories and strengthening your body.

    See a therapist. If you are having a rather difficult time with stressors, such as relationship problems, divorce, extreme anxiety and fear, depression, etc., consider seeing a counselor to learn how to cope with the root issues that are stressing you out. Sometimes people just need a little bit of insight and encouragement to get through the rough patches and therapists are well equipped to help.

    If you, or a loved one, is struggling with chronic stress and is headed for a nervous breakdown, rest assured that help is available.  Talk to a professional or at the very least, a close friend or family member about what you can do to change the situation and cope with the stressors.  Know that if you or someone close to you has a nervous breakdown, that he or she does not have a mental illness.  A nervous breakdown is a temporary condition that can be relieved with encouragement, support, and some form of treatment.  Life can resume back to normal and the person can be happy and free once again.

     

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  2. What are the Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression and Nervous Breakdown?

    November 10, 2013

    What are the Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression and Nervous Breakdown?

    We all go through stressful situations in life, and sometimes these become too much for us to handle. It is very normal for us to feel anxious when faced with a challenging situation (like when I am at a job interview, a first date, or even back in college – when I had to sit through a really tough exam). However, when the fear and worry becomes too overwhelming and starts affecting how we deal with daily life, it may be something more serious that requires attention.

    Today’s society overuses the terms “anxiety”, “depression” and even “nervous breakdown”, making it difficult for us to correctly identify when these cases are actually happening. This is why it is very important to learn about these anxiety disorders and to be able to act on them as soon as the first signs show up. As doctors often tell us, early detection equals an early treatment. Let’s discuss the symptoms of anxiety, depression and nervous breakdown.

    ANXIETY

    This is not necessarily a negative thing. Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to danger. Think of it like your body’s alarm system which goes off when there is a threat nearby, or when there is too much pressure or stress. If experienced in moderation, it can be a good and healthy thing. It helps us stay alert and focused on priorities. For some, it can even motivate problem solving and action. But then again, once anxiety becomes a constant part of life, it starts affecting our activities and relationships. When this happens, we know we’ve crossed a line from normal to an anxiety disorder. So how do we know when the line is crossed?

    Below are the different emotional and physical symptoms of severe anxiety:

    – Initially, there is excessive worry and fear
    – Feeling of dread or apprehension
    – Difficulty concentrating on tasks
    – Feeling “jumpy” and tense
    – Waiting for the worst to happen
    – Irritability and restlessness
    – Anticipating for signs of danger
    – Getting a feeling of your mind going “blank”
    – Sweating
    – Pounding heart
    – Dizziness
    – Stomach upset and/or diarrhea
    – Frequent urination
    – Tremors and twitches
    – Shortness of breath
    – Headaches
    – Fatigue
    – Insomnia
    – Muscle tension

    What about anxiety attacks? We often hear people using this term – but what is its difference from the symptoms of anxiety mentioned above? Anxiety attacks, or panic attacks, are short-term episodes of intense fear or panic. These happen to us without warning. Most times, there are obvious triggers which cause them (for instance, thinking of standing in front of a huge crowd to give a speech makes me get a panic attack, for others, this can be triggered by getting stuck in an elevator alone) but sometimes the episodes just happen out of nowhere. The attacks peak around ten minutes’ time and seldom last over half an hour. Even during this short period of time, the terros can be so intense that a person gets a feeling of a total loss of control. Some even feel like they are going to die. And when the attack is over, you can’t help but feel worried about getting another attack – especially in public places without available help and no escape routes.

    Because of the intensity of anxiety attacks, a lot mistake them for symptoms of heart attacks. To equip yourself with better understanding, below are the signs and symptoms of anxiety attacks.

    – An intense surge of panic
    – Feeling like you’re going crazy and losing control
    – Chest pain and/or heart palpitations
    – Feeling like passing out
    – Sensations of choking and/or trouble with breathing
    – Trembling, shaking and chills
    – Hyperventilation
    – Feeling “unreal” and detached
    – Stomach cramps and nausea

    DEPRESSION

    We all get depressed – sometimes it’s nothing more than the regular blues and loneliness. This feeling is another normal reaction to life’s events (like when I lost a loved one, or when my dad lost his job and we had to go through a really rough patch for a whole year). However, when the depression becomes too overwhelming and stays that way for extended periods of time, a normal and active life might be rendered impossible to have. This is a good example of clinical depression, which requires us to ask for professional medical assistance.

    Below are the symptoms of depression, as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health.

    – Trouble with concentration
    – Difficulty in making decisions and remembering details
    – Fatigue and low levels of energy
    – Feeling guilty, worthless and/or helpless
    – Waking up really early in the morning
    – Insomnia OR excessive sleeping
    – Restlessness and irritability
    – No interest with activities and hobbies (which were previously pleasurable), including sex
    – Loss of appetite OR overeating
    – Persistent aches and pains (headaches, digestive problems, cramps) which do not go away with usual treatment
    – Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety and “emptiness”
    – Ideations of suicide and/or suicide attempts

    NERVOUS BREAKDOWN


    How often have I heard someone shout “Oh my, she’s having a nervous breakdown!” when the person isn’t really having a nervous breakdown? Too many times. In reality, a nervous breakdown is when a person reaches the point of exhaustion after a prolonged period of experiencing anxiety (maybe related to financial, health, work or relationship problems, or a combination). When the anxiety, stress and depression becomes too overwhelming, you get a sense of helplessness and extreme exhaustion – as if you will not be able to deal with life (and for some, they cannot even get out of their beds). The circumstances are different for each person. Sometimes, just one event (a death or job loss, for example) is enough to trigger the build up of exhaustion and stress. In addition, the person is likely to stop eating and sleeping properly which in the long run only results to even more exhaustion. To be able to better deal with these cases (whether for yourself or someone else), it’s good to understand the signs early on.

    Below are the symptoms of a nervous breakdown:

    – Loss of sexual drive
    – Loss of appetite and interest in food
    – Loss of enjoyment in work, hobbies and life in general
    – Feeling guilty and pathetic for feeling the way they do
    – Feeling of being alone
    – Feeling of desperation
    – Feeling like the littlest tasks are too difficult and exhausting
    – Being impatient with themselves
    – Loss of confidence
    – Fear that another breakdown will happen after one has happened.

    Now that you’re familiar with the symptoms of anxiety, depression and nervous breakdown, you can be more confident with dealing with life’s stresses and challenges. However, if things get too overwhelming, it’s still best to get help from health care professionals. Also, the support of loved ones – family and friends – can go a long way in dealing with such anxiety disorders.

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  3. What is a Nervous Breakdown? The Cause and the Symptoms.

    November 7, 2013

    What is a Nervous Breakdown? The Cause and the Symptoms.

    We live in a modern world and enjoy an easier and more pleasurable life than our ancestors, yet the thought of losing our lifestyle and place in the society turns out to be our greatest fear. We live to acquire things. The race to get more possessions than the person next to you causes cravings and creates conflicts among us. The attachment to a materialistic lifestyle has blurred the prominence of family and the importance of building healthy relationships. This race is unsustainable and eventually leads to a nervous breakdown.

    So, what is a nervous breakdown?  It has no real medical definition, and it is the term typically used by a lay person to refer to symptoms related to one or more of frustration, stress, anxiety and depression. It helps to explain the condition of a person who can’t participate normally in their day-to-day life. They may lose interest in their life, get anxious easily, suffer from panic attacks and severe headaches, and may act irritably.  People affected by nervous breakdowns don’t experience chronic episodes, but they still require attention and care.

    If we lived in the middle ages, we would have seen a practice of labeling any mentally ill person as possessed by demons. They would be tortured and burned as witches. In a modern world we have a little bit more knowledge about the mental illnesses, so the person who is suffering from some form of psychological or psychiatric condition can count on at least some understanding of people around him. While some people may still attribute nervous breakdowns to demons possessing the person, most of us understand that nervous breakdowns are the result of some unfavorable external events and internal conflicts caused by these events or circumstances. If you feel you are suffering from nervous breakdowns, you need to immediately seek help. Get yourself out of the blues as soon as possible because the condition becomes more problematic when it persists and you can end-up with full blown depression.
    Intensity of nervous breakdowns can vary from person to person. Look for the common symptoms of nervous breakdown if you or your loved ones seem to be suffering.  The sufferers may isolate themselves because they want to recover from an upsetting situation, but their social withdrawal is just an indication that they are in need of help. They lack excitement and lose interest in things and people. Life loses its charm and flavor for them. Lack of sleep makes them dizzy and they can’t concentrate on work. They can get extremely anxious and display mood swings. They feel like crying most of the time and want to run far away from everything. In severe cases, they may suffer from delusions or hallucinations. They can also show physical symptoms of nervous breakdown like difficulty in breathing, headaches, upset stomach, trembling, dizziness, irregular or fast heartbeat or high blood pressure.

    A paper “Responses to nervous breakdowns in America over a 40-year period,” published in American Psychologist, shows that 19% of respondents had experienced an impending nervous breakdown in 1957, but in 1996 the number increased to 26%. I am sure with recession, unemployment, and constantly escalating work stress the numbers today will be even more alarming. We see exponentially increasing number of people suffering from stress-related anxiety and depression and our mental health system is simply unable to deal with this increase.

    Nervous breakdowns are especially dangerous in teenagers. They see life in black and white color and, being already at the verge of their emotions, they reach a depressive state very easily. They can become depressed and suicidal after failing their exams, after breaking up with their partners, and  being rejected or bullied by peers. Most often the cause is not the failure itself but the inability to handle insults and criticisms form the family, friends and society.

    Nervous breakdowns are often attributed to ‘burned out’ effect, especially in executives and people suffering from perfectionism (in fact, “perfectionism” is a DSM5 listed mental condition). Being exhausted by the lengthy and brain-busting work, they feel miserable and useless, and everything seems bleak to them.  Divorce can be a precipitating factor as well.  Stressed out people do not bend easily to changes in their life, and adjusting your life without your partner can be challenging and difficult. Traumatic events including death of loved one and losing your possessions in some natural catastrophe can be really testing as well. Investment losses, loss of job, or other financial difficulties often lead to nervous breakdowns. Inflation, poverty and low socioeconomic status give way to tension and frustration.

    Modifying our lifestyles to avoid or minimize stress, using relaxation techniques, and psychological treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help remedy nervous breakdowns. CBT can help you change the way of thinking about life circumstances – everyone knows that it is not the stress that tortures us, but our perception of life under stress.  We are the ones responsible for regulating and modifying our thoughts.

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