Common Nervous Breakdown Symptoms

What is a nervous breakdown?

A nervous break down can also be termed as a psychological collapse. What this basically means is that your body has come to a point of utter exhaustion after a long period anxiety or stress that has not been dealt with.  A nervous breakdown is also known as an anxiety attack, a mental break down or a panic attack.

Triggers of a nervous breakdown

Numerous factors can be contributed to triggering a nervous breakdown: work related stress, health issues, financial instability and strenuous relationships.

Nervous breakdown symptoms

Nervous breakdown symptoms can be divided into three categories: physical, behavioural and emotional. Based on the patterns in each of these areas diagnosis of a nervous breakdown could be completed.

Physical symptoms of a nervous breakdown

  • Insomnia
  • IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Memory loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Low libido
  • Migraine headaches
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue or extreme exhaustion
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Appetite change
  • Vision disturbances

Behavioural nervous breakdown symptoms

  • Acts of violence
  • Mood swings
  • Weird body movements
  • Unacceptable social behaviours- undressing in front of others

Emotional symptoms of nervous breakdown

  • Hearing of voices and persons who are not present
  • Traumatic flash backs
  • Thoughts related to death
  • Thoughts of paranoia
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Being indecisive
  • Frequent crying fits
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Lack of proper judgement
  • Guilty feelings
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Stagnant
  • Excessive use of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Feeling if invincibility


Diagnosis of a nervous breakdown

Persons who are seeking medical treatment for a nervous breakdown must be examined by a doctor. The doctor will then give you a physical examination as well as question you to find out what your symptoms are. If you are diagnosed with having a nervous breakdown you will be prescribed medication as well as referred to a psychologist.

Treatment for a nervous breakdown

Various methods of treatment are available for persons who have nervous breakdown symptoms. Let’s start with the best method which is known as the preventative method. The preventative method is known to be the best method because it prevents you from getting a nervous break down in the first place. Being able to reduce and manage stress levels as well as being aware of nervous breakdown symptoms can lower the risk of persons getting a nervous breakdown.

The conventional medicine method contains as you would have guessed medications. These medications consist of psychiatric medications as well as anti-depressants since prescription medication usually has little effects. The side effects of these drugs usually range high in the risk factor area. This conventional medicine method also involves a visit to the psychologist.

Natural remedies – homeopathic and herbal, are very effective and have a great advantage of being safe, unlike the conventional medicine method, because they don’t cause addictions and have little or no side effects.

Nutritional supplements can help with a nervous breakdown since a nervous breakdown can be associated with vitamin and mineral deficiencies especially since the person’s appetite may have been affected.

Other remedies used for reducing nervous breakdown symptoms are massage therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, reflexology and reiki.

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