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Posted by: nini | 2005/07/12

Breakdown

what happens to a person who has a nervous breakdown (in simple english please) i need to understand what goes wrong/what they feel/what is happening to the brain and body/what is the outcome. Also if someone has had 1 or maybe more breakdowns but never received proper medical attention for them can the person still recover to be normal or like before the breakdown or is medical intervention a must in this case. If someone has had a breakdown and been given antidepressants and just 2 months later they experience death of a loved one, what could one expect would happen to this person? can they have another breakdown?

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Nini, a “breakdown” is usually when people can’t cope anymore. Different people react differently – some people cry uncontrollably, some just want to sleep, some start drinking and others might become very aggressive. They may recover without medical intervention, but it is advisable to see a professional to prevent it from happening again. The death of a loved one might be a very bad thing, but it might be a stressor can cope with and therefore it isn’t a given that the same will happen again. Why don’t you drop CyberShrink a line and get his opinion (this is more his field of expertise than mine). Good luck.

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