How Depression Could Lead to a Nervous Breakdown

Life has its ups and downs, and most of us are able to take the rough with the smooth without too much trouble. But some people are affected so deeply by accidents, the loss of a loved one and other traumatizing events that they end up becoming mentally disturbed. Sometimes it’s just a mild case of depression, but at other times and when combined with other factors, it could become really serious and end up causing a nervous breakdown, a situation where you’re prone to suicidal tendencies, are unable to function normally, are extremely stressed out, and generally live in your own world far removed from what is real and practical.

Most of us are dismissive about depression; we think that’s it’s easy for people to get over it and that all they need to do is stay positive, think happy thoughts and surround themselves with loved ones. But if you’re prone to any form of mental illness because of genetic and environmental factors, depression could be just the start of something potentially more dangerous. Any form of depression could lead to a nervous breakdown if:

  • You have a strong family history of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder and others similar to these.
  • You have suffered an emotional trauma such as the sudden and tragic loss of loved ones or a recent separation from a spouse or significant other. The trauma need not be recent because post traumatic stress disorder could occur even years after the event usually because similar feelings are brought on by a trigger.
  • You’ve had an unhappy and abusive childhood or youth and your adult life is affected significantly because of the same.

If you think a loved one is prone to a nervous breakdown because of these factors or similar others, it’s best to get them professional help. Therapy and counseling, in combination with medication, can help keep the brain balanced, prevent a nervous breakdown, and allow them to lead a near-normal life.

The fastest and surest way to prevent a nervous breakdown is to be aware of the risks and monitor the person who is at risk for the following symptoms:

  • Severe and prolonged depression
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • A complete lack of interest in anything, work, family, friends or any other activity
  • Drastic change in eating and living habits
  • Hallucinations and an overactive imagination
  • Psychotic episodes that may or may not be violent
  • The tendency to hurt themselves and others around them
  • Paranoia and unnatural fears of people and things
  • An addiction to alcohol or drugs
  • Mania or sudden episodes of euphoria and the feeling that they can do anything they want
  • Violent and frequent mood swings

In short, any abnormal behavior or reaction is cause enough for monitoring a loved one who has been affected by a recent trauma or who is going through an unreasonable amount of stress. The sooner you get them to therapy or counseling, the better for their mental and physical health.