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    "Nervous Breakdown" what does it really mean?

    Nervous Breakdown is an interesting subject and one I'm planning an article on.
    Let me briefly share some things I learned about it and my search on the subject came from my fear that I was experiencing a nervous breakdown when thyroid disease was flaring up and I had no diagnosis for it. I found out that what really happens to people is "sensitation to anxiety" (anxiety sensitization) or a state of depression and usually both happen to a degree because anxiety and depression go hand in hand most of the time. Whatever type scenario that happens emotionally, it is called a breakdown because you lose some of your ability to function at normal level and to cope with things. "Nervous Breakdown" however is actually an outdated term not used by people in the mental health field and seldomly by medical doctors.
    The first medical and psychological info sites I came across when I searched on the subject stated that "nervous breakdown" is an outdated term (I used to use it a lot myself) because the nerves actually do not break down or burn out. The term actually means you've phased into a state of anxiety and/or depression. In some ways it was a comfort to me to find the information.

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    "The term "nervous breakdown" is sometimes used to describe a state in which a person is so severely and persistently distraught that he or she is unable to function at a normal level. Nervous breakdown isn't a medical term, however, nor does it indicate a specific mental illness."
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nervou ... wn/AN00476 (Mayo Clinic)

    "Like the term "sanity," the terms "nervous breakdown" and "mental breakdown" do not have any medical definition and are not used in a clinical sense. They therefore do not necessarily have a rigorous or static definition. They can be used colloquially to describe anything from a momentary fit of anger to the onset of a permanent psychological disorder. In almost all cases, however, the "breakdown" is the result of unmanageably high stress."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nervous_breakdown (Wikipedia encyclopedia)

    I also wrote an article on the subject of anxiety sensitization "What is Anxiety Sensitization?" and I feel stress causes this increases state of anxiety and it's resulting easily-triggered phases.

    Here's that one>> http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43155.asp

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    "A Nervous Breakdown - What Is It Really?: This definition is not a clinical diagnosis, but is rather an illustrative description that may convey that the load simply became too heavy for the distressed person to bear. It is, therefore, impossible to provide an official definition for nervous breakdown.
    Unlike common perceptions or preconceptions of a nervous breakdown, this stress does not cause the person to become insane, nor does it cause actual damage to the "nerves" = "the central nervous system."

    http://web4health.info/en/answers/psy-breakdown-sym.htm ( Dr. Martin Winkler MD)
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    Re: "Nervous Breakdown" what does it really mean?

    cheers Jim, very intresting. II reckon I have come very close to a nervous breakdown. Very dark times indeed!!
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    If you want to chat, please dont hesitate to contact me, I will help where I can!!

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    Re: "Nervous Breakdown" what does it really mean?

    Ric,

    I just had the article on this subject published at one of the sites I write for. I'll eventually put it up on my Thyroid Health site as well. I try to only place same articles on no more than two sites, so my rank on them doesn't drop.

    Link to article>> http://www.howtodothings.com/health-fit ... -breakdown "How To Understand and Treat a Nervous Breakdown".
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    The term "nervous breakdown" is sometimes used to describe a stressful situation in which someone becomes temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life. It's commonly understood to occur when life's demands become physically and emotionally overwhelming. The term was commonly used in the past to cover a variety of mental disorders; it's used less often today.

 

 

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