People often confuse a state of depression with an emotional or nervous breakdown. The latter is a more serious condition where a person undergoes tremendous emotional, psychological, and physical delirium. The situation is further compounded by paranoid thoughts arising from traumatic experiences, both in personal and professional life.
This condition results from mental pressure looming large in life and transporting the person to a state of isolation, where he/she becomes hostile to others. The symptoms of this are associated with a series of physical, mental, and behavioral changes. A person suffering from an emotional breakdown is incapable of following a regular course of life. This gradually becomes a mental illness when it inbreeds for a long duration.
The word breakdown is used to describe the inexplicable situation when one has no choice other than throwing themselves into the pit of depression, from where it is very difficult to come out. A nervous breakdown can also be the consequence of untreated Schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here are the signs and symptoms of an emotional breakdown at various levels.
The first signs of a nervous breakdown manifest themselves as behavioral changes. The mood of a person changes drastically and he/she becomes vulnerable to weeping, aggression, and anger. Strong outbursts of tears and anger become regular. The person’s behavior becomes complex and it’s tough to make out the purpose behind his/her actions. He/she may also display gestures that can be filthy and indecent.
People who have lost control over their senses often perform weird things in public that can be viewed as obscene and vulgar. Take a look at the symptoms:
- Panic attacks
- Odd gestures
- Indecent behavior
- Vulgar acts
Mental state of the person undergoes rapid transformation due to exposure to severe stress and pressure. The individual gradually becomes sleep deprived and suffers from insomnia. The person’s apathy towards social life makes him/her isolated. Paranoid thoughts of committing suicide, fear of being harmed by others, and feelings of utter guilt cripples the individual mentally.
He/she loses trust and alienates himself/herself even from the loved ones. Lack of self respect, desires, and will-power are some other mental conditions that the person might undergo during this time. The flashbacks of traumatic events repeatedly hit his/her mental imagery.
Here are some of the common psychological symptoms seen in a person suffering from a mental breakdown:
- Mental tension
- Feeling of guilt
- Lack of confidence
- Hearing echoing voices
- Paranoid thoughts
- Looming imagery
Apart from these, the physical state of the individual also deteriorates. The psycho-emotional changes create a turmoil inside the person’s body, which affects his/her health. Lack of sleep is the main reason behind appearance of various disorders, like cluster headaches, indigestion, lack of appetite, etc. Thus, the person not only requires mental treatment, but also physical. All these factors contribute to negative effects on the physical condition.
The health disorders associated with an emotional breakdown are:
- Severe headache
- Lack of appetite
- Low libido
- Respiratory problems
- Menstrual problems (in women)
These symptoms should never be neglected and such individuals should be dealt with patience. When a person undergoes severe depression, he/she needs a change of environment and company. A regular check-up from a psychologist is necessary for the individual’s quick recovery. Showering love, care, and compassion on the sufferer is vital for his/her improvement.
People surrounding the patients should cooperate with them when they are struggling to get out of the difficult situation. Apart from all these, a proper medical treatment is required to cure an emotional breakdown.
Disclaimer: This PsycholoGenie article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a mental health expert.