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Basic Guide To Depression And Mental Breakdown

Aug 29, 2008
If a person feels down for more than two weeks, then he is said to be suffering from depression. Mental breakdown is also known as nervous breakdown in the medical terms. It is used to describe a person who has incurred mental sickness like depression or anxiety.

Earlier, this disorder was known as melancholia, vapors, neuralgic disease, neurasthenia and prostration. In the recent past, all the doctors and the medical professionals thought of it as a disorder of the nervous system. Then later on, they realized that the disorder is due to a disease in the mind of the person.

About mental breakdown:
A nervous breakdown is a temporary illness. It includes a kind of collapse of character of a person. The illness when linked with stress, snapping under pressure is what it has been described as. A mental breakdown can apparently be due to an inability to function or to carry out obligations at work or home or school. The disorder may also engage harsh weakness, fatigue or even catatonic posturing that leads to the in ability for a person to move.

A person having a nervous breakdown may have been greatly depressed or anxious for a long period of time before the breakdown. In extreme cases of breakdown, people also lose their awareness of reality, which is also known as impaired reality testing. Day to day activities and chores are seen as impossible tasks by nervous wrecks.

If person is going through a nervous breakdown, it may lead to uncontrolled crying, the person might also lose happiness in all kinds of activities, heavy weight loss and weight may also increase and these factors can lead to be grave dangers. The patient might start getting sleep interruptions or even insomnia in some cases. Other problems also include making the patient to feel worthlessness, guilty and hopelessness.

About depression:
Many people claim that depression feels like a black screen of hopelessness coming down over one's life. Some people also feel as if all the energy has been drained out of the person's body and the patient can't concentrate in his work or any other activities. The other groups of people suffering from depression feel irritated all the time for no obvious reason at all.

The symptoms of depression vary from person to person. One might begin to experience a few of the symptoms of depression weeks before it develops in to a full-scale affair of depression. Learning to be familiar with these early triggers and working with ones doctor will provide a great help to keep the depression from becoming bad to worse.
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