What is a Nervous Breakdown???

United States
May 12, 2007 10:08pm CST
I know its when you are under a lot of stress, but what exactly is a nervous breakdown? What happens to a person? Has anybody ever had one? How long do they last for? I'm just curious because I never really found out what a nervous breakdown is..... thank you for all responses :)
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@aweins (4203)
• India
13 May 07
A "Nerous Breakdown" is a popular term, it is not a clinical term or you can say a non-medical term used to describe a sudden , acute attack of mental illness, depression or anxiety. it is used for a number of reasons, including , to hide a dignosis, to avod a stigma of diagnosis, not understanding the reasons of certain loss function. it is described as a breakdown only after a person becomes unabvle to function in day to day life due to mental illness. i donno much but i think this is correct bec ause i had a talk on this subject with my friend and she is doctor. she explained all this to me as i have written. so i think you will be able to understand it.
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@Manoj_s (939)
• India
13 May 07
Iam going through some kind of experiment like that ,2 yrs before when i was working as sales executive for an insurance co.one year worked i didnt get much business ,i wasnt under stress ,but lot of thoughts came into my mind why failure is happening to me and one i still remember lot s and lots of came to mind and all my nervours become stressed all my facial muscles tighten up for a second and i feel unconscoius .but suddenly i again conscious but from that onwards i lost my concentration always i am thinking ,thinking,i lost my ability to memorise numbers ,names of people , and i lost my mental happiness.for the past one yrs i am doing lot of meditation and yoga and i consider that i have improving upon my mental peace and happiness but still to recover from that memory loss.meditaion and yoga is helping me a lot . i think if somebody had nervous breakdown different people will have different effects.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
14 May 07
Basicaly a nervous breakdown is when someone is under so much stress that they just mentally break. Often the physical and the mental are effected, and in servere cases these people are never the same again. If you want to see a nervous breakdown, rent the move "Shine." Geoffrey Rush earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of the virtuoso pianist David Helfgott who had a nervous breakdown. There is some dispute over the accuracy of the film, but if you really are interested in nervous breakdowns just watch the movie, you won't be sorry.
@lucgeta (925)
• France
13 May 07
Nervous breakdown is not a medical term, it is used to describe atacks of mental illness without the stigma of a diagnosis. So, if one day someone starts shouting in the office it can be said he/she went thru a nervous breakdown. Others symptons like cold sweats, hard breathing, temperature, shakiness, confussion. The duration depends on the causes and treatment. If the stress is not relieved it might render people unable to do daily tasks due to anxiety, depression or lack of interest. At that point professional help is required.