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
  • Stress
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
prednisone use
difficulty falling asleep
frequent bizarre dreams
heart racing/palpitations
short-term memory failure
moderate nail biting
weak appetite
poor reaction to cool damp weather
premenstrual bloating/weight gain
loss of interest in activities
major difficulty waking up
frequent rotten egg burps
... 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
Schizophrenia 91% Confirm
Depression 30% Unlikely
Alcohol Consequences 2% Ruled out
Anxiety 0% 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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