I Had a Nervous Breakdown

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    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71
    41-45, M
    Apr 13, 2016

    They Said I Wouldn't Be Able To Finish School, Now I'm Getting A Law Degree

    I had my first panic attack in third grade. Obviously I didn't know that was what it was. I just felt dizzy and hot and like the world was going to end. Then I would enter a state where I was out of my body. It was as if I was watching myself in a movie but couldn't actually...
    missylissa missylissa
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jul 9, 2013

    My Mums Having A Breakdown Help

    My mum is having a mental or nervous breakdown. My stepdad has recently had a affair he is still living at home with my mum as she is not well. Basically Il tell you how it is. Mymum thought a year that my dad was having this affair for ages we thought she was going crazy when...
    2 Responses Jan 14, 2013

    I had a really terrible breakdown last night.

    I'm recovering this morning mentally & physically, but I think it made my bf nervous. I hate that he saw me like that but it's not something I can help. This stems from my PTSD. Does anyone have any advice when this happens or how to better get him to understand what happened? I...
    kros10 kros10
    26-30, F
    May 9, 2015

    I Too Had A Nervous Breakdown!!!!

    Just happened recently (about 6 months ago), and I'm frightened beyond description that I'll never EVER recover or be the same!  As we speak, I'm searching for a good outpatient program that specializes in helping people with what I'm going through.  I am frightened, but...
    rbnzegg rbnzegg
    3 Responses Feb 24, 2012

    My Story From Start To Finish...

    My story involves me figuring out what caused my "breakdown" and taking a journey of self discovery, so to speak. It describes all the symptoms, and experiences I dealt with. I'm still a work in progress though... I was always a shy child. It usually took me a...
    onelonelylady onelonelylady
    26-30, F
    8 Responses Oct 15, 2009

    Two, Actually...

    My first breakdown was when i heard one of my ex's who i still felt for ...told me he was married with a kid. I cried, hyperventaled, couldn't see.... I almost passed out. I still don't know why it hit me as hard as it did... My second was... i was having the worst day ever...
    candiipup candiipup
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2008

    Moving Forward!!!

    I'm not sure what EP *category* this post belongs in, but I'm putting it up here and hoping that either the EP *editors* OR the EP community will be able to help it find its place. I'm writing about moving FORWARD. I'm writing about getting so SICK and TIRED of being SICK and...
    rbnzegg rbnzegg
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2013

    Somebody I loved very much went overseas to

    live. Just told me and within a couple of months he'd gone. Over the next couple of months I drove him crazy with messages. Towards the end he wouldn't respond. I never believed a friend with whom I've shared such an intimate connection with, could ever treat me that way. Things...
    Smile123q Smile123q
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

    I Think I'm On The Edge

    I'm a 23 year old girl who feels like I have completely wasted my youth so far through a drug addiction which came on from a very damaging relationship I had as a child with my mother. I have finally got to a stage of my life where I have freed my self of drugs and am ready to...
    Littlesheep89 Littlesheep89
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Oct 31, 2012

    Puzzles Work Better With All The Pieces

    I'm not quite sure if it was a bona fide example of a nervous breakdown, but it was definitely a new occurrance to me. She was one of my first real female lover. I had recently begun dating other girls, but she was my first real 'girlfriend'. It was my senior year of high school...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 11, 2013

    It was around this time of year about 5 years

    ago, I was around 15 years old. Things were just so ****** up, my mind was overwhelmed with all the **** life had dealt me. I barely had any experience in life but all of a sudden I had to deal with some deep emotional issues. I couldn't think rationally, everything seemed to be...
    lovetodraw19 lovetodraw19
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 18, 2014

    In 2013 I had my first nervous breakdown.

    .all because of a stupid picture. I am not close to my family. In recent years I have notice that my family took family pictures without me. It started on 2012 when all my sisters took a picture without me and posted it on Facebook. I felt hurt because I should have been in...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 12, 2015

    My Hell !!

    HiI have recently suffered a "nervous breakdown"brought on through anxiety and depression..I think i have suffered from it for years without realising it and managed to cope through alcohol at weekends..I have also suffered a marriage failure due to this and miss my two Boys who...
    stuches stuches
    9 Responses Mar 6, 2012

    My Journey To The Brink Of Madness

    I originally came to EP in an attempt to vent my anguish caused by a complicated, and deeply dissatisfying relationship. But, I figure it is only fair that I offer up another of my major life changing experiences, so that others may be able to identify with my traumas, pain...
    geoffersp geoffersp
    51-55, M
    1 Response Feb 3, 2013

    Will I Ever Recover From This Breakdown!!!!

    Every thing was going good in life, I had depression off and on but nothing I couldnt talk my self out of. Then about four months ago I was working alot and me and my husband made a big move .All of the sudden one day I was standing at the microwave and felt a sudden panic,for 2...
    faithlexus faithlexus
    4 Responses Feb 11, 2012

    I've had 2 nervous breakdown,

    the most severe was 2 years ago-last year. It was such a stressful year I almost killed my self. I felt like I can't do anything right. I experienced with drugs, not narcotics, but just paracetamol, caffein powder, anti depression pills, a little marijuana, magnesium. I hate...
    madeirawood madeirawood
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 4, 2014

    It happened 18 months ago.

    It had been building for several months, I was finding life massively hard, I was massively down and depressed and one day I just snapped inside. I was massively lonely and was drinking a bit too much and one day things just came to a head. I said some things I regret, some...
    deleted deleted
    Nov 16, 2014

    The Price Of Letting Go

    The clinical term for it is Major Depressive Episode. I think the name is fitting. Major = A big deal. Depressive = Maybe should say “incapacitating”. Episode = Will I have re-runs?! Major life events following a lifetime of trauma will sometimes spin this up. It’s...
    deleted deleted
    May 29, 2013

    Work Stress

    I'm the oldest of 5. I got married young. I was a father by the time I was 23. I had my first management role by the time I was 26. I'm smart, confident, capable and really good at what I do. But, I put a lot of pressure on myself. Without going into a lot of details, I...
    NoLongerHere NoLongerHere
    41-45, M
    1 Response Sep 12, 2012

    Hurt Beyond

    I started having a nervious breakdown... Still am. My heart feel like it is going to burst, Really physical more than just mental. I'm on medication. It all started at 17. I meet a boy in my art class named Jason. I feel in love, but feeling shy it never went anywhere. Just him...
    livlovesyA livlovesyA
    Jun 14, 2013

    i am so shy its unbelievable i am 43 i am still

    single and male i could never chat up women when i was younger i am technically still a virgin i am a hermit all my friends have settled down and i am a loner i have only just left home and am im so lonely eleven years ago when i was 32 i started having seizures i have between 3...
    defoekeane defoekeane
    36-40, M
    1 Response Mar 2, 2014

    Serenity Of Me

    To wake up one day and be riddled with paranoia or have every insecurity that was ever displaced to find a home nestled in you. To be so frightened that it paralyzes you,cause you're all alone left to figure out "what the hell is going on". My experience left me lost in...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 2, 2012

    A Break Down Changed Who I Am But Not In A Good Way I Sometimes Think

    Just my little boring story a number of years ago i had a major breakdown brought on by a convergence of several not so pleasant events in my life which i wont go into now since my breakdown a number of years ago and after much time in theropy i had come to the realization...
    Davidw46 Davidw46
    51-55, M
    Aug 3, 2013

    Back in October. I started crying

    and then I got extreme bad and I smashed my laptop keyboard, cracking the motherboard.
    LilRedFoxTail LilRedFoxTail
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 16, 2014


    I had a breakdown on Sunday. I think about it now, and it feels worse then it was actually happening. I completely lost it and thought I would go insane from paranoid. I was mad at my dad AGAIN for refusing to pay the bills and knowing we all be homeless if he didn't. I started...
    RoseWinters RoseWinters
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

    Dead And Gone

    One of the most frightening experiences i have ever hadwas when i went through this severe depression/anxietythat just took me over....felt as ifi died...and by accident my body was left here...the deeper i sunk down, the moremy body just shut down...i stopped eatingcuz dead...
    clgsassy clgsassy
    56-60, F
    6 Responses Jan 27, 2013

    Im Not Crazy!

    In march i was preparing for my wedding, needless to say things mounted up and the strain of a long distance relationship caught up with me, amongst other things. That i suffered a nervous breakdown. I was having a meeting at my daughters school, and i went into the toilets and...
    danni25 danni25
    22-25, F
    3 Responses May 16, 2009

    The "utterly Surprising" Nervous Breakdown

    So a few years after losing my husband (he died VERY suddenly), and after struggling to regain a foothold and basic confidence, I charted a plan to move out or my current area to another metro area in the Greater Northeast U.S. to start a new life (and to basically "start all...
    rbnzegg rbnzegg
    3 Responses Jan 19, 2012

    'Sup, gang; I've written about this a few times

    over the past year, just checking in when I reach certain milestones. This time last year I began having a nervous breakdown; never had one before, and when I say breakdown, I mean, something very major and important just stopped working. I assume a lot of people mean very...
    namegame namegame
    26-30, M
    Mar 13, 2014

    So, I hope I'm not overstaying my welcome;

    really quickly: wrote on this topic a few times over the past two months, and have gotten to the tail end of a personality breakdown. Would describe it as a part of me turning off or collapsing, and then being left to fend for myself without the old resources. Can't turn it...
    namegame namegame
    26-30, M
    Dec 17, 2013

    I Had A Nervous Breakdown

    People who know me in real life hear me allude to it. Truth is no one really knows everything I went through. It was years ago now but ruined my life. It stole my personality and my marriage. I have suffered depression on and off since my teens. This started out the same...
    purpleskies80 purpleskies80
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Nov 20, 2013

    I Had A Nervous Breakdown, There Is Light At The End Of The Tunnel!!!

    In 2009 my life was full speed ahead. 2 kids, a good marriage and a great job. I have always been the type of person to go full speed ahead though, never taking anytime for myself. I remember my dad telling that I needed to slow down before I had a "nervous breakdown". I kept...
    moniquesglover moniquesglover
    5 Responses Dec 1, 2011

    The Silent Scream

    It takes a while before you notice what's going on inside your head.The wondering mind.The frustration building up.The need to control everything, the OCD kicks in.The panic and anxiety attacks.Then it happens.The little click that sets you off.The silent scream builds up inside...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2011

    I'm so going to have a break down tomorrow I'm

    to stressed I can't go back to school it's just to much on me
    mcginnis98 mcginnis98
    18-21, F
    Apr 6, 2014

    Nervous Breakdown

    I have always struggled with panic and anxiety. I don't think I ever really began to have break downs though until I was in my 30's. They say you should write down your feelings so here it goes. I can feel the anxiety building in me a few days before it actually hits. I can...
    doubletees doubletees
    41-45, F
    Aug 31, 2013

    The world just kind of collapsed on top of me,

    and nothing was working to keep me mentally alive. I had no will to live anymore then I just broke down and did some stupid things that I wouldn't have done under any other circumstance. It was difficult to overcome but looking past that traumatic experience, nothing comes close...
    misternobrain misternobrain
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jan 9, 2014

    Nervous Breakdown Story

    That was the best title I could come up; you see, I had a nervous breakdown. Hi hoooo! But seriously, I wound up having a nervous breakdown earlier this year. Have been through periods of intense stress before, but this time broke me; and when I say broke, I literally felt a...
    namegame namegame
    26-30, M
    1 Response Oct 12, 2013

    Don't Know What This Is

    well about 2 years ago i was driving down the road coming home from work well i started coughing really bad...and i started to feel really dizzy and my arms were getting numb and my chest was like really beating fast so i got really scared.......and to this day it stilll scares...
    greeneyes85 greeneyes85
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2009

    About Two Weeks Ago

    About two weeks ago I had a nerous breakdown, couldn't think walk, throwing up kicking screaming lost it totally. Doctor told me it was a horomone imbalance had to tred slowly into those waters. I felt horrible drained me completely made me feel horrible.
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Feb 15, 2008

    Just got home from a 5 day,

    4 night, "all expenses paid" (per insurance) trip to the hospital. Mental health, that is; voluntarily. Yeah, I let some things get to me; they knocked me off my square, out of touch with reality, and the list goes on and on. So, I had to deal with it. I had days to just sit...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 26, 2015


    I'm not sure really it was nervous breakdown. But it happened today and it has happened a lot last days.    My finals are approaching and I'm so nervous about them. Today I was trying to learn math and discovered I don't remember more than half of the old test I was...
    Rawa Rawa
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 13, 2008

    Will They Ever Understand

    During the first week of January 2013, I had a breakdown at school. It was during the class of the professor whom I really hate. Maybe I was just overwhelmed by the mixed emotions I feel during that time. The truth is, I had a fight with my best friend that started in November...
    inconspicuous94 inconspicuous94
    2 Responses Feb 24, 2013


    cronin43 cronin43
    51-55, F
    Mar 14, 2014

    My Second This School Year ...

    School only just started in September...2 months in and I'm already breaking down. I think my second one was by far the worst nervous break down I've ever had! I was beyond embarrassed that everyone saw me..it was the beginning of 7th period and we had a sub, so of course...
    santana45 santana45
    18-21, F
    Nov 13, 2013

    It Was Terrifying

       There is usually a stigma to having a n/b but I am not ashamed.  I have never had mental health issues really, or been diagnosed with any. After remembering s*exual abuse from my father at a very young age (3) I decided to look him up last year.  I...
    emmasharn emmasharn
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 11, 2009


    Aside from feeling like I want to die, I want to just yell. I want to yell so I can be understood, I want to yell because when I am articulating my thoughts in a calm and collected manner, my mom just doesn't listen. There is always something wrong: weight, job, boyfriend...
    Shyankee Shyankee
    Jul 1, 2012
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