4) Mood swings
The nervous breakdown can often lead to extreme mood swings or unexplained outbursts of anger, irritability, crying or other emotional responses that are way out of proportion to the current situation.
Try to observe your mood swings and assess your behavior. If they are too overwhelming and out of proportion from the current situation and you feel like you can’t resolve them on your own. Please reach out to your friends and family.
You can also seek professional help from a counselor or psychiatrist.
There are lots of treatments like Talk therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy that go a long way in helping to control extreme mood swings.
5) Inability to focus
A nervous breakdown leaves you feeling overwhelmed. It is accompanied by feelings of dread, paranoia, and hopelessness. Your mind is constantly struggling with what happened in the past, inducing guilt or what may happen in the future, inducing fear. You may find it hard to live in the present moment.
Due to this, you may struggle to do routine tasks and find it difficult to focus on any one task at hand.
Try doing yoga, meditation, and deep breathing to bring your mind in the present moment and it will help to improve your focus and concentration skills.
6) Anxiety/Panic attacks
A nervous breakdown can manifest physically as anxiety with tense muscles, sweaty palms, dizziness, upset stomach, and trembling or shaking.
It can also lead to panic attacks, which include chest pain, pounding heart, heart palpitations, extreme sweating, shallow breathing, and extreme fear or a feeling of dissociating from reality or self.
Or it can manifest in the forms of nightmares or paranoia.
7) Changes in eating, leading to weight loss or weight gain
A nervous breakdown can also affect your eating habits. You may start eating too little or indulge in overeating leading to sudden changes in weight.
A lot of people indulge in emotional eating when they feel overwhelmed and gain a lot of weight. On the contrary, some people may lose their appetite due to stress and anxiety and lose a lot of weight.
It is important to be disciplined and eat a balanced diet. Seek help from a dietician or nutritionist if you are not able to maintain a healthy and balanced diet on your own.
8) Gastrointestinal symptoms
Stress, anxiety, and nervousness have a direct impact on our stomach and gut health.
Our digestive system is directly impacted by our mental health.
Stress, anxiety, and fear can lead to several gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, constipation or stomach pain.
Excessive stress can also lead to Irritable Bowel syndrome or other autoimmune diseases.
9) Isolation and social withdrawal
Nervous breakdown or depression can make a person lose interest in the activities that he used to enjoy earlier.
He may stop talking to friends or family and skip social events and gatherings, confining himself to his home.
10) Maintaining poor personal hygiene
A nervous breakdown can seriously impact a person’s ability to do even routine tasks like brushing teeth or taking a shower.
He may start neglecting his personal hygiene and may not pay any attention to his appearance or looks.
This is a very alarming symptom of Nervous breakdown if a person is not able to keep up with his daily personal hygiene and housekeeping tasks.
11) Feeling helpless or hopeless
A nervous breakdown is often accompanied by depressive symptoms, such as helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, loss of interest in normal activities and thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Risk factors that can contribute to the nervous breakdown
A person may be at risk of the nervous breakdown when stress becomes too much for them to handle. It can be caused by any life event like:
• Stressful working conditions
• any traumatic event, such as a death in the family or loss of a loved one
• the financial crisis such as serious debt or loss of job
• poor sleeping, eating and exercising habits
• recent injury or illness diagnosis
If you can relate to any of the above-mentioned symptoms or feel you are on the verge of a breakdown, follow these strategies for managing your symptoms:
• Talk therapy (Counseling )or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
• Prescriptions medicines like antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication can be used to treat chemical imbalances
• Holistic e treatments, such as massage, Ayurveda or yoga
• Practice meditation and deep breathing
• Cut caffeine, nicotine and alcohol from your diet
• Develop a sleep schedule and routine that will help you sleep well. That can include taking a warm bath; meditation, reading a book before bed.