All too often the term ‘mental breakdown’ is misused and even joked about. Sometimes also referred to as a nervous breakdown, the term indicates a general state of mental distress, and could include such disorders as anxiety and depression. Many who suffer from this struggle to function in their everyday lives, and need intervention or help from a qualified counselor.
The word ‘breakdown’ signifies that the individual is experiencing a period in their lives in which they are suffering from high levels of both emotional and physical stress, that hinders them in many ways, and which may not have existed previously.
How to recognize the symptoms of a mental breakdown:
When a person is experiencing a mental or nervous breakdown, they might develop behavioral, psychological, or even physical symptoms, and here are just a few of the most common ones:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Suicide ideation
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms
- Unexplained or prolonged mood swings
- Flashbacks to past trauma
It’s also common for those who may be suffering from a mental breakdown to alienate themselves from their friends, colleagues and loved ones, further exacerbating their mental state.
How can you manage the symptoms of a mental breakdown?
If you, or someone you know is suffering from any kind of mental breakdown, it’s vital to seek help as soon as possible to manage the symptoms of behavioral and psychological stress that will inevitably be present.
Here are some of the things that you can do to help manage the symptoms of a mental health breakdown, and to help control them before they take control of you:
- Firstly, seek help from your doctor or counselor
Talking to your doctor or counselor is one of the first things you should do, to establish whether the symptoms you’re experiencing may be due to an underlying physical or emotional health problem.
- If you see your doctor first, talk to your doctor about therapeutic means of recovery
If you visit a doctor and see there is no underlying physical health condition causing your symptoms, ask your doctor to recommend a counselor who can help in lots of ways, including cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Add in alternative methods of treatment
In addition to counseling, it may be that such methods as yoga, massage therapy or acupuncture can also help relieve your symptoms and may even help you to overcome your mental breakdown. It’s important to find what works for you, as no two people will respond to each treatment in the same way.
- Try prescribed medications
Depending upon the severity of your mental breakdown, and whether your doctor recommends that you take prescription medications, this treatment could work for you. However, all treatment options should be fully considered and talked through with your doctor before you begin taking any form of medication, and note that some individuals find a combination of medication and talking therapies to work well for them.
A mental health breakdown is something that can happen to any one of us, at any given time, and there are many stressors that can cause us to experience feelings of intense anxiety and depression. Seeking help at the first sign of symptoms can help limit these feelings and get you back on track as quickly as possible.
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