The signs and causes of a nervous breakdown

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

We've looked at the symptoms of a nervous breakdown in Part 1, so now let's take a look at the causes of your 'falling apart', the fears and the signs to watch out for.

Would rather know what to do about it straight away? Hop over to this page.

6 Common causes of a nervous breakdown

You now know what the signs and symptoms of a nervous breakdown are.

Looking back then you can perhaps see when you first started to feel that you were 'not your normal self'. Maybe you're now aware of how sustained stress decreased your resilience almost by stealth.  Perhaps you knew that you were pushing the limits, but thought you had no choice.  Here are the most common contributors to a nervous breakdown:

  1. a sudden relationship disaster
  2. separation and divorce
  3. a traumatic event, perhaps a series of traumas
  4. a drip-drip effect finally taking its toll (not unusual in emergency service personnel and when caring for someone who suffers from a longterm illness)
  5. other work-related stress (see here how your managers should be helping you)
  6. not having eaten and slept enough! (Click here to read what Doris Lessing discovered when trying it out for herself)

Sometimes people are completely caught off guard - never having suspected that life could have come crashing down.  They, perhaps like you, would have never identified themselves as not being able to cope or prone to a 'mental breakdown'.

You can learn more how we put our bodies under stress on my page on adrenal fatigue treatment.

Having a 'complete' nervous breakdown?

Don't be alarmed if you...

... are terrified of the doorbel
... don't want to open the post anymore
... can't get out of the front door
... can't stand in a queue
... can't even get anywhere near to your place of work

I know it's scary, but it is all part of that breakdown. I promise you, you will get better and do all those things again in time, but you may need a bit of help to speed up your recovery. In case you can't wait - here's how you recover from your mental breakdown.

10 Signs you are suffering from panic attacks

Are you terrified in case you get another panic attack with the following troubles?

  1. a pounding heart, chest pain - you may well worry about having an heart attack
  2. difficulty with breathing, fearing you are going to choke
  3. feelings of unreality, as if you're not of this world
  4. a sense of detachment from yourself
  5. fear of going crazy and 'losing your mind'
  6. a terrifying fear of dying
  7. constant worry about being very ill
  8. feeling completely out of control
  9. feeling 'jumpy' - easily startled
  10. becoming terrified of getting another panic attack, avoiding anything you think could be a trigger

We really want to calm your fear of further panic attacks as that fear becomes yet another layer to your suffering. You can really do without that right now, as an emotional breakdown is more than enough to cope with!

If you think you're going to have a heart attack - forget it! Most likely you won't.  Neither will you faint as your blood pressure shoots up when you are stressed. People who faint do so because their blood pressure drops. You're really not falling apart! And here's a method to stop your panic attacks.

Now read: Symptoms of a nervous breakdown: why you're not going crazy and when to call a doctor.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3