Few days ago , I was with a friend of mine and in the middle of our random conversation, she mentioned about her morning and how she woke up. She said, when she woke up she was feeling different and with a strange emptiness in her stomach. She dismissed it as stress, but when the “nagging pain” did not go away, she got worried. I immediately asked her to see a doctor.
Few days later I called her and asked about how she was feeling now , she said, “Psychologist declared it as anxiety and depression!” I could not find out the reason for her depression. Despite being surrounded with such a beautiful family, having the best facilities, she was suffering and the reason was unknown.
There is this perception that if you have everything – fame, money, family – why should one be depressed?
It is important to understand what depression is and why it happens. It is a clinical condition that is beyond your control. It can happen to anyone at any point of time, irrespective of economic background or status. There is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness, to seeking help and a lot of misinformation about what it is and why it happens.
The triggers can be different for different people. But it’s something that can come on very unexpectedly. There can be days where one can feel good, but at times, within a day, there can be a roller coaster of emotions too. We talk about all kinds of aliments, but this is probably one of the deadliest mental disorders. Nothing, including life, makes sense to people suffering from it. There can be plenty of reasons behind these circumstances.
To list some of the reasons, here are some:
- Feeling pressure and stress at work, and having a lot of work responsibilities
- Academic pressure and responsibilities
- Domestic responsibilities that become stressful and overwhelming, such as caring for an aging parent
- Taking on too many responsibilities
- A divorce or loss of children in a custody trial
- A death in the family
- The loss of a job or some form of financial hardship
- A traumatic experience, like mental or physical abuse
Many people experience high levels of stress, but not everyone has a nervous breakdown. What leads to a nervous breakdown during the experience of all that stress is an inability or poor ability to cope with and manage stress. Experiencing a lot of stress, in combination with being unable to cope with it in healthy ways, is what really causes nervous breakdowns. It is important to remember, though, that even people who are generally good at coping with stress can reach a breaking point.
Some people may react to stress in negative ways, such as withdrawing from friends and family, turning to drugs or alcohol, yelling at other people, binge eating, or other unhealthy responses. These do not help to mitigate stress or manage it, and ultimately without good, positive coping strategies, a person under a lot of stress is likely to have a breakdown.
The result of a nervous breakdown is a loss of function. A person going through this is temporarily unable to function normally at home, at work, and in other situations. During a breakdown a person loses the ability to function normally, and that may also impair the ability to ask for help. It is important that friends and family recognize that something is wrong and seek professional help for someone experiencing a nervous breakdown.
This can be treated, but it requires seeing a mental health professional for an individual and guidance in developing a treatment plan. Getting a diagnosis and treatment for that condition will help a patient return. It includes a combination of therapy and medications. Medications alone are not the best treatment for anxiety or depression, but an anti-anxiety drug or an antidepressant along with ongoing therapy can help a patient manage their mental health.
Treating a nervous breakdown is important in helping a person in crisis return to normal functioning and to preventing future crisis. With solid initial and ongoing treatment, a person can return to a normal life and have a better chance of coping with stress going forward.
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