Nervous Breakdowns

What Causes Nervous Breakdown?

In order to deal properly with nervous breakdown we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow nervous breakdown to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind nervous breakdown consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to nervous breakdown.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Stress
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being easily irritated
being a lethargic person
antidepressant drug use
excellent HDL cholesterol level
recent oily hair
being in an unstable relationship
somewhat disturbed sleep
prednisone use
much reduced sense of taste
high alcohol consumption
weak appetite
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of nervous breakdown:
Cause Probability Status
Schizophrenia 94% Confirm
Anxiety 15% Unlikely
Alcohol Consequences 3% Ruled out
Depression 3% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Emotional Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about nervous breakdowns:
Have you had any Nervous Breakdowns?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of nervous breakdowns or nervous breakdowns, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

Alcohol and drug abuse frequently contribute to nervous breakdowns.


Anxiety surrounding major life changes such as divorce, unemployment, pregnancy, labor, motherhood or menopause, can contribute to a nervous breakdown.


There is always a trigger for a nervous breakdown, but underlying contributing factors such as depression are normally present.

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