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:
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress
  • Depression

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
antidepressant drug use
recent serious attitude to life
being in an unstable relationship
pre/menstrual depression
possible schizophrenia
regular night terrors
cysts in breasts
poor reaction to cool damp weather
long work hours
dizziness when standing up
high platelet count
slight eyelid twitch
... and more than 80 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
Anxiety 96% Confirm
Depression 29% Unlikely
Stress 1% Ruled out
Schizophrenia 1% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 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

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

Depression

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

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