Often we hear people saying, 'I was on the verge of an emotional breakdown!' What is this emotional breakdown that people talk about? When one encounters a series of horrendous situations in life; too much for one to bear, one is seen to hit an emotional breakdown.
It's when life hits its lowest point and throws the person in such a pit, whereby the person's day-to-day activities are affected. The person seems oblivious of the world around him or her and lives mostly in a daze like a zombie. The person's daily chores, work, family responsibilities, etc. also get affected.
Actually we all go through harrowing events in our lives, however, when these situations overwhelm us to the point that we fail to rationally think and let them overtake our sanity, it is called emotional breakdown. The person collapses to a point where he or she cannot cope with current circumstances in life.
Symptoms of a Breakdown
Bereavement, loss of a job, change in relationships, divorce, marital strain, betrayal, extreme peer pressure, parental criticism or negligence, etc. are different factors that conduce to emotional breakdown in people.
The signs are as follows:
- Constant anxiety
- Severe depression
- Panic attacks
- Self condemnation
- Self pity
- Lack of self worth
- Tremendous fear
- Obsessive thinking about what happened
- Suspecting or doubting everybody
- Episodes of uncontrollable weeping
- Separation from everyday life
- Cold shoulders to family and friends
- Constant irritability and anger
- Irritation on hearing the sound of TV, radio or general noise
- Avoiding socialization
- May over-eat or under-eat
- Disinterest in work, family or even life
- Insomnia or excess sleep
- Disinterest in personal grooming
- Hearing voices
- Suicidal thoughts
How to Cope with an Emotional Breakdown?
Do not ever mistake yourself to be 'mad' or 'insane'! It's because of the excess stress load, that your mind seems cluttered and clouded. So how do you help yourself to get out of this situation? How do you hoist yourself from this pit?
Moreover, scores of people will come back saying, they tried so many medicines over the years with no relief. They are still stuck in the quicksand of depression. Then what does one do in such cases?
The key to all your problems lies with Jesus! Read the Bible for once and see what Jesus says. If you find Him not trustworthy, it's all right, you can turn away. But, what's the harm in trying? What if there is some truth in it?
He will send you somebody to hear your story. If you know any committed, honest and sincere Christians go up to them, ask them to pray for you. Prayer can work wonders! Once you surrender your life to Jesus, you will be left in awe at the way God uses these horrendous times for His glory. He builds us up so that we can help others in pain. It's all amazing!
We just wish to wipe off the harrowing memories from our hearts and minds altogether. In the urge to have one painless day, we succumb to alcohol, drugs or sleeping pills.
Once you get entangled in this mess, things become even more difficult. Addiction is no joke, so do not play the fool with it. Avoid being controlled and bound by these things. You will save yourself a lot of trouble.
People with family histories of mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression, etc. are more prone to be hit emotional breakdowns during prolonged periods of stress. We can rejoice because there is no pit that Jesus is not deeper still! There is no valley too deep, that Jesus is not deeper still!