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8 Signs You’re Having a Nervous Breakdown

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Mental health – despite great strides over the past few years – still carries a big stigma with it. If you’re not “normal” you tend to keep to yourself, even when times are really tough.

It’s a tough topic to talk about, and it’s not uncommon for friends and family to feel very uncomfortable talking to you about mental health challenges you’re facing. And so begins a terrible cycle of not talking to people – or talking to people who just don’t have the capacity to empathize with you, leading to silence – and the problem just getting worse.

It gets better, but you have to take that first step.

So what’s the difference between just “being stressed” and a full-on nervous breakdown? Check out the warning signs and take action if you’re not well.


8 Signs You’re Having a Nervous Breakdown

1) You view “running away” as your only option.

2) You feel like the misery never ends. You never get a break or any relief.

3) Simple decisions are getting impossible to make.

4) You’re too overwhelmed to socialize. Not just being an introvert.

5) Sleeplessness.

6) Panic attacks.

7) Self-sabotage. Like stress-eating, drinking late when you know you have to be up early, etc.

8) Feeling like a failure at everything.


You don’t have to be miserable. Your life doesn’t have to be stagnant.

You do have to take that first step to getting better. Get help. Even something as simple as learning breathing exercises can take the edge off, making it easier to seek help.

Your family wants you to do it. Your friends want you to do it. I want you to do it.

Hat-tip to Healthista for the warning signs, and also for tips on getting your mental health back on track.

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