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Friday, 26 February 2010

What does it mean to have a nervous breakdown?

Answer from Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.

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.

Often, a nervous breakdown indicates depression. Signs and symptoms of depression may include:

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Persistent crying
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trouble concentrating and making decisions

If you're concerned that you're experiencing a nervous breakdown, seek medical attention. If you have a primary care doctor, talk to him or her about your signs and symptoms — or seek help from a mental health provider.

(Well, if that's what it is, that's exactly what I've been suffering over the last year or so.)

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