WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 16, 2015
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5 Signs That You are on The Verge of a Break Down

A nervous breakdown is when an individual who usually functions very well on a daily basis has a temporarily mental inability to function well. An overwhelming personal situation, a stressful circumstance at work or other emotionally compromising events can become a catalyst for a break down. According to the Mayo Clinic, a “nervous breakdown” is not an actual medical term and sometimes the symptoms of a break down “may indicate an underlying mental health problem that needs attention such as depression or anxiety.” This article will address 5 signs that you are on the verge of a break down, while trying to keep the sentiments somewhat light. After all, if you are on the verge of a break down, you don’t really want to read a dark and depressing article, do you?    

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1. Extremely On Edge

One of the warning signs that you are on the verge of a break down is that you are extremely on edge all the time. You may become snippy with all your coworkers and end up snapping too easily at your kids, spouse or partner. Normal noises like the phone ringing on your desk can make you jump out of your chair. Even simple, day to day situations are beginning to make you feel edgier than usual and you have a stronger tendency to become frustrated and over-vent all day long.

2. Losing Your Appetite

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Another sign that you are on the verge of a break down is that you have completely lost your appetite and no longer have a desire to eat. Your favorite fish tacos from the food truck outside your office no longer entice you, even when your coworker walks buy on his way to the lunch room with his order. Sometimes you may even forget to eat breakfast before work and will work like a maniac and not even stop for your lunch break. If your usual lunch buddies come to invite you to go out to eat, you may even find yourself snapping their heads off like a hungry crocodile. Soon you’ll become the office pariah and you’ll stop receiving lunch invitations all together, which will only add to your stress level and could push you further over the edge.

3. Overwhelmed Daily

In addition, you are constantly getting more and more overwhelmed by the simple tasks that used to seem so easy. For example, getting online to check your company accounts can become a dreaded task for you at this time if the internet is going slower than normal. Usually slight delays (which aren’t even that much of a delay) never caused you any issues. However, now that you are stressed out of your mind, even a little delay like this can cause you to start throwing things and getting ready to toss your keyboard out the window.

4. No More Passion

Another sign that you are on the verge of a break down is that you have lost your joy of living and you are no longer passionate about the things that made you giddy with pleasure. Watching your favorite shows on TV don’t appeal to you anymore and your DVR is piling up with shows and soon won’t be able to record anymore. Your spouse or partner is about ready to start thinking you’re having an affair because you haven’t shown any physical interest in them in weeks or months. Even the thought of going to work (which used to give you some sense of purpose) does not interest you in the least bit anymore.

5. Socially Withdrawn

The final sign that you are on the verge of a break down is that you are no longer the life of the party. You have no desire to go out with your friends or family. All you want to do is stay home and curl up in the fetal position wishing you could somehow get back to the person you once loved being. If someone even mentions the idea of having a party and inviting you, you’re ready to bolt and head out the door before the invitation can even come out of the person’s mouth. You’re even getting fed up with social media and could care less about checking your news feed to find out what’s going on in your friends’ lives.

See Also: 5 Healthy Choices for Reducing Job Related Stress

As mentioned in the introduction, we understand that a nervous breakdown is a very serious matter and no fun was intentionally poked at people experiencing this medical issue. However, if you have felt any of these signs, even if only for a fleeting moment, maybe you could relate to how someone could experience an actual break down. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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