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What Are The Cause of Nervous Breakdown

Aug 29, 2008
Nervous breakdown was called melancholia till the beginning of the 20th century when its name was altered to neurasthenia. The term nervous breakdown was used for the first time around 1930 and is still in usage. Generally, it is indicative of a wide range of mental sickness but more specifically it means breaking,snapping or losing hope in high mental pressure or stress scenarios.

Nervous breakdown also known as mental breakdown is a non-clinical expression describing states of anxiety, depression and other related mental sickness. In extreme cases of breakdown, a human may not be able to perform day to day activities and may need professional intervention. Causes of a nervous breakdown are described below but the descriptions don't cover all possible reasons.

Certain reasons for example are still under research and some are yet to be discovered. Persistent and unanswered grief or angst or misery may cause a person to breakdown. The mentioned generic terms manifest themselves in different forms in different individuals. For example it may be a lost promotion for an employee or theft of a personal gift. Unemployment and repetitive work cycles lead to sustained tension for the period of the problem. It may also cause loss of morale, confidence and self-respect which will act as an invitation for nervous crashes.

Features
Academic non-performance and intellectual pressure are the major cause for breakdowns in children, teenagers and young adults around the world. Increasing parental expectations, peer pressure and highly competitive studying environments all contrive to an immense fear psychosis of underperforming / underachieving in the mentioned affected group of people.

Social stress as in loss in status or being expelled from a social circle is also a reason for breakdowns. Here the affected group is dependent on the level of individualism present in the people under consideration. Soldiers and defense personnel faced with post-war trauma are also candidates susceptible to mental breakdowns. Often they are not able to cope with gore, death and the loss of war and never make peace with their past.

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Sleeplessness also called chronic insomnia; make people restless, lethargic and uneasy even after they wake up and lead to a nervous wreck. A grave disease or death in a person's family, troubled marriages, divorce, pregnancy, being cheated in love and getting double crossed by friends are other reasons for the advent of a nervous breakdown.

Persistent drug use or alcohol consumption and alcohol use is a self induced cause for mental crashes. On the other hand medical situations like genetic disorders, mineral deficiencies and thyroidal imbalances are all causes of breakdowns, which mostly are not controllable by the patient.
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