Have you heard people talking about having a nervous breakdown?
It can certainly feel like that.
Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with daily tasks they used to do.
Perhaps also feeling depressed or hopeless and they can't see beyond the current situation.
Maybe panic attacks that come out of nowhere are leaving them scared in case they have more.
Probably withdrawing from interacting with others, staying home as much as possible and avoiding unnecessary contact, even people and places they used to enjoy.
Experiencing brain fog - forgetting things or struggling to make decisions that were once easy.
Having physical symptoms like tiredness, listlessness, tummy aches, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness.
The longer the feelings last, the stronger the feeling that something really serious is wrong because they didn't used to feel this way.
But I bet you never knew that "Nervous breakdown" is a colloquial term not recognized as a medical diagnosis by modern medical professionals!
Here at TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate we understand.
So when Deirdre experienced a period of intense emotional distress that interfered with her ability to function in her daily life, was she wrong in thinking she was having one?
No, she was having one. It's just that the medical profession calls it by other names, usually a cluster of them. Such as anxiety, panic attacks, psychosomatic disorders, self harm, depression, PTSD etc.
Because the symptoms of a nervous breakdown can vary widely; and may include extreme anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, physical and emotional exhaustion, disorientation, and even suicidal thoughts or behaviors or a combination of them; it is more useful to diagnose them separately.
It is important to note that there are many different factors that can contribute to a nervous breakdown.
1. Chronic stress: Prolonged exposure to stress can cause physical and emotional exhaustion, making it difficult to cope with daily tasks and leading to a sense of overwhelm. Symptoms may include irritability, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and a reduced ability to concentrate.
2. Trauma: Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as abuse, violence, or a natural disaster, can trigger a range of psychological symptoms. These may include flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, hypervigilance, and feelings of numbness or detachment.
3. Anxiety disorders: Conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can cause persistent feelings of worry, fear, or intrusive thoughts that can interfere with daily functioning. Symptoms may include excessive worry, panic attacks, compulsive behaviors, and avoidance of triggering situations.
4. Depression: Major depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and low energy. Other symptoms may include changes in appetite or sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
5. Burnout: A prolonged sense of overwhelm and exhaustion from work, caregiving, or other responsibilities can lead to a sense of emotional and physical exhaustion, loss of motivation, and difficulty completing tasks.
6. Substance abuse: Using drugs or alcohol can cause changes in brain chemistry that can lead to addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a "nervous breakdown" or other mental health concerns, it is important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional.
Here at TDW Hypnotherapy Harrogate we see clients who have usually tried other avenues of treatment first. Which is important because symptoms do need to be checked by medical professionals. Doctors and psychiatrists are the only ones who can prescribe medication. But when that help is limited and you suspect some experience in your past may be contributing or perpetuating the problem it's time to get in touch and book your free call here
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