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I Had a Nervous Breakdown

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    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 16-17, F Nov 13, 2013

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    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 51-55 3 Responses Feb 24, 2012

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    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 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 9

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    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 51-55 3 Responses Jan 19, 2012

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    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 13-15, F Apr 6

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    Letting Go Is Always The Hardest To Do

    i have been a wounded lover that never get tired of trying that one day i will find my right guy. But i always forgot to ask God for the right guy. with my many hang ups in life since childhood i did not pay attention in processing them first. That i thought they will all be...
    jie10 jie10 41-45 Nov 4, 2012

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    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 26-30 2 Responses Jan 11, 2013

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    I'm Just Starting The Process Of Recovery.

    Hey folks. Rather than repeat everything here, I am blogging about my experiences after having had a nervous breakdown: backupfrombreakdown.blogspot. Getting back up from a nervous breakdown: charting the ups and downs, prejudices I may encounter and decisions I make to change...
    1 Response Jan 8, 2013

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    The Universe Flipped Upside Down.

    The day started out like most other days, i had my usual pains from my stomach region but nothing new, nothing unusual. I had turned 17 only a few days earlier and like everyone else believed in all these hopes and dreams, that life was gonna go the way that i had planned it...
    canoethenhike canoethenhike 26-30, M 4 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I suffered from a mental breakdown over a year

    ago and went to a psychiatric hospital for a week because I was so depressed and anxious I couldn't function. This was due to an extremely stressful job and my boss ( a dr ) having unrealistic expectations of what one person can do. I worked in a small practice as a receptionist...
    Ladylapre Ladylapre 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    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 31-35 4 Responses Feb 11, 2012

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    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 51-55 2 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    Back in October. I started crying

    and then I got extreme bad and I smashed my laptop keyboard, cracking the motherboard.
    LilRedFoxTail LilRedFoxTail 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 16

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    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 46-50, M Aug 3, 2013

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    I Can't Live Like This Anymore.

    I don't really know if what I've been experiencing lately is leading to a nervous breakdown, a mental breakdown or simply depression but whatever it is it's beginning to scare me. I've struggled with depression since about grade 8. I tell myself it stems from lifelong mental...
    FightHate FightHate 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2010

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    I'v had a major breakdown

    once already this year, people just **** me off and i go crazy.
    miracle98 miracle98 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    Lost It.

     23 years ago I fell in love with a deadhead girl, it was my first experience and we were doing a ton of drugs at the time.  It was not a good start, but the sex was awesome, ( of course it was I was a virgin) after we broke up I went to New York and flipped out,  ...
    TBC119 TBC119 41-45 3 Responses Feb 28, 2009

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    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 26-30 Mar 2, 2012

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    Crash And Burn, Then Repeat

    I have had numerous nervous breakdowns in my life.  My first one was in 2003, after my mother died.  I spun a web of alcohol, suicide attempts, and despair and agony.  I ended up in the mental hospital and was sent to a halfway house.  In 2008 I had another one because my...
    SobeKat SobeKat 26-30 1 Response May 22, 2011

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    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 2 Responses Oct 12, 2013

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    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 Feb 3, 2013

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    '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

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    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

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    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

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    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 31-35, F Jul 9, 2013

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    Nervous Breakdown

    hi im male late thirties 4 years ago right at xmas time my mom went upstairs and found me catatonic on the bed, since 2002 i have been having seizures , they cant locate where in the brain its happening its so frustrating, so they said i developed epilepsy at 30, my uncle had it...
    defoekeane defoekeane 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 6, 2012

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    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 8 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    Had A Breakdown When I Was 15

    When I started secondary school my confidence was nearly non-existent, this was the time I, probably, first developed depression. I would worry about everything, I just couldn't not do my homework - the anxiety would build and build. Missing school was probably the main cause of...
    SJF94 SJF94 18-21 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    Sunday

    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    cronin43 cronin43 46-50, F Mar 14

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    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 26-30 1 Response May 29, 2013

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    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 22-25 2 Responses Jun 23, 2009

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    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

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    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.
    MiseducatedChik MiseducatedChik 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 15, 2008

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    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 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    Finals

    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    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 18-21 2 Responses Feb 24, 2013

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    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 26-30 Jun 14, 2013

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    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 36-40 9 Responses Mar 6, 2012

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    While At University

    it started about 1994 I was coming home from university and was in the city - I had to get a bus from griffith university to the city and then walk through the city to the train (which was 1hrs journey) all up it was 1hour and a half each way ...to and from ... but I used to read...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Jun 15, 2011

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    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 3 Responses Oct 31, 2012

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    I Was 13 When I Had A Nervous Breakdown

    Im 16 and had a break down 2 years ago when i started my GCSE, I think I went through it because of stress from school , and when i came home it wasn't any easier as my mum and older sister that was 19 at the time kept picking on me, you could say they were abusing me .... i went...
    gabbbyy gabbbyy 13-15 Nov 3, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    Junior Year In Hs

    I remember just one night out of the clear blue sky I had studied for a midterm, completed two papers and I was writing my Biology lab and I just started having a minor freak out.. cold sweats... couldn't focus... I just didn't want to be in that room anymore. So I went back to...
    MrsRight MrsRight 18-21, F May 3, 2011

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    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 Mar 2

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    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 26-30 1 Response Dec 1, 2011

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    I Have Them Quite Often.

    I don't really know when I had my first nervous breakdown, this is going to sound a little unbelievable, but I think it was sometime before I was even in third grade, or around that time. The time I am thinking of definitely happened when I was in third grade, but I am not sure...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 4, 2012

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    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 36-40, F Aug 31, 2013

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    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

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    Yell

    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 31-35 Jul 1, 2012

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    I know i am leaving my wife. I have it made up in my mind. But yet after all the **** and even now i am sitting here as a nervous and confused wreck!
    AWeber123 AWeber123 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    They say just let it be, but life doesn't work that way. Life can be what we want it to, it it that versatile, but one way or another it is fickle and it likes to play tricks on...
    IcyDragon IcyDragon 16-17, F Apr 14

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    I have been through quite a bit in my life. This one scares me the most, and I'm not sure why at my age. This all started about a month ago I was broken into, identity stolen, and...
    Robl0ves7 Robl0ves7 46-50, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 4

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