Work worries, money pressures and a host of modern stresses mean more and more of us feel we are on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Effects of a Nervous Breakdown

Having a nervous breakdown is not one of those things you just wake up with one morning. It’s generally triggered by a stressful period in your life in which you become temporarily unable to operate normally in your day-to-day functions, and this then develops into moderately severe depression, normally over a period of weeks and months.


You then begin to feel more on edge, find it more difficult to sleep, find yourself thinking more negatively about yourself and life, and then there comes a day when you just can’t face going to work, or getting out of bed and even the smallest task is too difficult. This is what we call hitting rock bottom!

According to UK Mental Health Foundation figures, 1 in 20 of us is likely to suffer from clinical depression, which includes nervous breakdown.

Treating Nervous Breakdown

Medication, like anti-depressants is still one of the most common treatments for dealing with a nervous breakdown. Though having worked with a number of clients over the years I have found that medication only suppresses the most unpleasant side effects by sweeping them under the carpet, and never really addresses the underlying cause behind the problem.

So clients may feel ‘temporarily better’, though the underlying problem behind the nervous breakdown continues to fester in the background.

This is why there has been a dramatic increase in people using therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to really resolve the underlying issues.

But what if it’s not a ‘breakdown’

What if you are actually having a breakthrough?

I have had numerous clients who have transformed their lives by having a nervous breakdown and I want to share with you what I believe to be the cause of most mental health issues

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Causes of Mental Health Issues

Feeling Insecure!

If you’re going through a nervous breakdown, there’s a high chance that your internal safety has been threatened in some way. This goes back to our primitive survival reflexes. As human beings our ability to create safety and deal with it allowed us to evolve. 10,000 years ago our threats would have been as simple as being chased by a sabre-tooth tiger, meaning the stress would have been short-lived, either you survived or you died.

Today though we are bombarded with stressful situations, deadlines to meet, bills to pay, traffic jams to get through etc and when our safety is continuously threatened it creates a perpetual cycle of stress

What’s interesting to mention at this point is that all stress is perceived! Most of the situations that cause stress can either be avoided or resolved in a simple way, though in our minds we think that our world is about to fall apart.

It’s about seeing a breakdown as an opportunity to change your life.

A nervous breakdown happens when stressors uncover your deepest fears. So the time is ripe to discover what those fears really are and to address them directly.

So write down what things are causing you the most stress in your life and also write down the things that make you feel secure like spending time with friends, going for a walk and other activities.

Identify your stresses

Most people who are going through a nervous breakdown have stress in one or more of the following areas: relationships, work, health, finances. A breakdown doesn’t happen because you need to make some small changes in your life, it generally happens because you need to make big changes in one or more of these areas of your life

Now seek help from others

Friends, family, partners and/or professional coaches or therapists. One of the best ways of resolving the underlying causes is connecting. When we feel connected we feel safe.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.” – Brene Brown

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