The fact that you are having a mental breakdown does not mean that you’re crazy; it simply means you are at breaking point.
When we become so stressed out that there is no way back, we have a nervous breakdown.
We all have a limit and there’s only so much that you can cope with. Life has a nasty way of throwing so much at us, is it any wonder we find ourselves at the end of our tether?
You can no longer deal with all that stress and you feel you’re falling apart.
I hope to help you make sense of what is happening to you or someone you care about, I have personally had a mental breakdown or nervous breakdown, whichever you call it.
Have you ever found yourself saying “I am having a mental breakdown soon”?
You may feel like you’re ‘going crazy’ right now, but you will recover. The symptoms of a burnout will disappear and you’ll no longer feel that you can’t cope anymore. It just won’t happen overnight.
Mental breakdown (also known as a nervous breakdown) is a colloquial term for an acute, time-limited psychiatric disorder that manifests primarily as severe stress-induced depression, anxiety or dissociation in a previously functional individual, to the extent that they are no longer able to function on a day-to-day basis until the disorder is resolved.
A mental breakdown is defined by its temporary nature, and often closely tied to psychological burnout, severe overwork, sleep deprivation and similar stressors, which combine to temporarily overwhelm an individual with otherwise sound mental faculties.
Yet, medically, ‘mental breakdowns’ don’t exist. If you go to the doctor or a mental health professional about how you’re feeling, they won’t use that word. They are more likely to use terms such as having a ‘mental health crisis’ or ‘reaching crisis point’.
Am I having a mental breakdown?
Symptoms vary from person to person, as does the idea of what a mental health crisis *is*. But common experiences include:
- Feeling anxious, worried or scared
- Feeling very low and negative about everything in your life
- Feeling withdrawn and finding it difficult to get involved in things you would normally do
- Finding it difficult to leave the house
- Getting tearful and sad and upset very easily
- Feeling like your life is out of control, or having thoughts and feelings that are very out of character
- Overwhelmingly, having a strong sense of just not feeling your normal self
Generally, when people talk about having a breakdown, what they mean is the feelings they are experiencing are so intense and so scary, they really cannot cope with things anymore.
If you’re concerned that you’re having a mental breakdown, get help. If you have a primary care doctor, talk to him or her about your signs and symptoms or seek help from a mental health provider.