Julie Morley, Personal Psychotherapist and Women's Stress Consultant
(MNCS Accred, Hyp.dip, dip.psysextherapy, Adv.dip.CP, )
Market Deeping, Peterborough, UK
Mob: 07761 065 726 Email: [email protected]
Nervous / Emotional Breakdown
It used to be called a nervous breakdown and is now more often now called an emotional breakdown although medical professionals don't often use these descriptions anymore by way of diagnosis. This can happen after a significant amount of stress build-up or after a traumatic experience such as a relationship breakdown, a bereavement or an accident and sometimes people describe having no stress that they can identify that could have caused such a response.
The behavioural symptoms may include not being able to go to work, not being able to socialise like you used to, being unable to engage with family or friends like you did before and not being able to be intersted in usual activities.
Physical symptoms may include not sleeping well, having strange physical sensations such as a feeling of floating, disturbed dreams, panic attacks, or panic disorder, shaking, crawling skin sensations, digestive disturbances, nausea, vision floaters, headaches, being unable to eat properly (or eating too much), feeling a high level of adrenaline, nausea and more.
Psychologically symptoms can include thinking in a constant mode of internal dialogue with yourself, rumination, thinking that you must be going mad and loss of normal personality.
People you live with or close friends or family, are likely to be really worried and anxiety and depression is likely. If you go to the Doctor, (which is a good idea), you are likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression and given some medication. Sometimes (but not often and certainly not always) a person has experienced being temporarily looked after by the mental health crisis team for a short time and are receiving some support with them.
Although I am not able to provide support in an extreme crisis situation, counselling and psychotherapy is very good for you before you reach this point, after you are moving out of crisis or for those who are not likely to get to the point of needing crisis support.
Therapy with me we would address the symptoms of the breakdown first before working on what happened, why and then work to moving out of the breakdown situation. It is the moving out of it that takes the most specialised techniques used in psychotherapy and people are often left surprised because it did not seem like they would ever feel normal again.