The signs and symptoms of your 'nervous breakdown' are an indication that you have reached your limit, not that you're going mad! You're just at breaking point - completely 'stressed out' and at the 'end of your tether'.
There's a limit to us all and there's a limit to how much you can cope with too. Maybe life has just thrown too much at you, and/or your resources - internal and/or external - have become depleted. 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 - your partner perhaps.
I'm including this article in my relationship advice site, because all too often relationship problems are part and parcel of a breakdown.
I'm aiming above all to reassure you. By the end of the three parts of this article you will know:
a) how all that stress led to your no longer feeling able to cope
b) what a 'nervous breakdown' exactly is
c) Where You Can talk to an Online Professional Right Now
d) What to Do to Get Over it
e) when to see a doctor immediately (see Part 3)
You may feel you're 'going crazy' right now, but you will recover. The symptoms of a burnout will disappear and you'll no longer carry the signs that you can't cope anymore. It just won't happen overnight.
Maybe you've heard about someone "having a nervous breakdown" and you've asked yourself: what is it? So, let me explain...
First of all - any of the terms I have used so far to describe what you're going through would not normally be used by a professional.
I have used them here, because I know that thousands of people a month are searching for it. I just want to be sure that I reach everyone who is worried about themselves or someone they love. You too may suspect that you or someone else is suffering from 'shattered nerves' (yet another description) and don't know what to think or do.
This kind of disorder (don't let that word worry you either) can all start with the following symptoms over time or they can catch you out completely unexpectedly (though they would have been 'lurking' for some time and I think you know that!):
Two of my friends were recently diagnosed with an over-active thyroid. They thought they were going mad.
So, if in addition to the symptoms mentioned on this page you are also experiencing unexplained or unexpected weight-loss, you're needing to go to the toilet all too frequently and you're sensitive to heat, do yourself a favour - get yourself checked out by a doctor.
Always been a real worrier?
Perhaps you've even had some panic attacks. Chris Bayliss was over the top anxious too. He visited the doctors and tried the pills, but ultimately he cured himself. He is now a health researcher and nutrition expert specialising in the treatment of anxiety.
Bayliss can help you to get better for good in 8 weeks.
I bought Panic Miracle to judge for myself if it does the trick.
No wonder you feel you're falling apart!
In Part 2 and 3 of this article is stuff you must also know including when it becomes essential to have a medical check-up.
It is not surprising that often a nervous or mental breakdown goes hand-in-hand with depression.
Therefore I'm going to be straight with you: you're not going to get better by staying in bed, miserable and worried! I know what can help though, but let's talk first in Part 2 about what people might notice: The Signs of a Mental Breakdown.
Oh and if you have suffered a trauma from which you have difficulties recovering, have a look at my page on PTSD symptoms. PTSD can have a huge impact on relationships!