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Nervous breakdown ?

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whatisforteamum Mon 20-Feb-17 21:55:01

I posted in general health.The last few weeks I have fe!t dizzy and anxious.I know from when I had panic attacks in my 20 s and therapy I was told the term nervous break breakdown is nt used anymore.
I have no idea why I can't drive the short distance to work. Intact I set off several times for the bus but came home and stared out the window frustrated by something I could be done so easily before !! I have had stress...both parents have in durable cancer and dh changed after his heart attack a few yrz back. Ihave no idea where the anxiety has come from.I don't want to become housebound like I did thirty yrs ago.
Any advice the gp is doing blood tests.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Mon 20-Feb-17 23:07:43

Can you describe what is upsetting you?
Try writing it down.. don't need to post it, but you can if you make it anonomous. Sometimes forcing yourself to put pen to paper focussed your thoughts and they become clearer.. From that you can begin to understand things in your mind.

whatisforteamum Tue 21-Feb-17 08:13:05

Thanks yes that is a good idea as I don't have any close friends due to working unsociable hours and having social phobia when I was younger..strange how I coped while DM and df were seriously I'll with cancer.I think I've come to terms with the fact df is term finally I'll.why would I go from doing so much to struggling to get to work.I'm being checked for the menopause too.

AnxiousCarer Tue 21-Feb-17 17:32:56

Stress can creep up on you like that. When DH was really poorly in the summer I coped, I picked up the pieces, I carried on working full time and caring for him. Then when he got better I collapsed in a heap, developped PTSD and ended up off sick for 3months and am still struggling to get back to my full hours and duties at work 7 weeks into a phased return to work. I think its like how sometimes you get a cold as soon as you have some holiday. You keep on going whilst you have to and then when the pressure is taken off you start to relax and your body goes "ok I can be ill now"!

Keep talking to your GP and be kind to yourself it sounds like you have been through a lot lately.

whatisforteamum Tue 21-Feb-17 19:26:01

Thank you and I'm sorry you are suffering too.yes three I'll loved ones one after the other and two teens it was stressful as cancer is a dreadful journey for mum and dad and many others. Its is a thin line between keeping on keeping on and realising small tasks seem overwhelming x

NolongerAnxiousCarer Tue 21-Feb-17 21:44:09

I'm on the mend now. I went from working full time in a stressful fast paced job to not being able to make a cup of tea in a matter of hours. Once I collapsed everything completely unravelled and it's taking some rebuilding. I know that I am better now than I was when I was working and thinking I was coping before, but I know that if I tried to do that again now I would make myself poorly again. Luckily I have an amazing manager who is happy for me to build up slowly.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Tue 21-Feb-17 21:56:35

I am confused...
Can we have a bit of clairty? No longer?
A name change indicating good news.... or new member?,

whatisforteamum Tue 21-Feb-17 22:03:53

Hi I'm new here.just wondering if my sudden symptoms are what was termed a breakdown.

Hotpinkangel19 Tue 21-Feb-17 22:06:18

I was told that if you are having a nervous breakdown you wouldn't know.... you would be too anxious/stressed/in pieces to rationalise or diagnose yourself.

Woollymammoth63 Wed 22-Feb-17 00:38:54

Yes - anxious, does that mean good news, you are no longer anxious?

NolongerAnxiousCarer Wed 22-Feb-17 01:16:39

Yes it does grin didn't want to completely nc but it no longer seemed appropriate.

whatsfortea I suppose you could well term it a nervous breakdown, but I think medically they don't use that term thesedays and would probably call itstress.

whatisforteamum Wed 22-Feb-17 06:34:23

Glad you are no longer anxious it is debilitating.when I was I'll in my twenties I lost so much weight I had to have therapy weekly and wore the same clothes washed of course. I developed agoraphobia so going out became impossible.
This time I can't drive And travel makes me feel awful.I'm fine once I'm at work though.
How did your symptoms ms start no longer stressed if you don't mind me asking.

NolongerAnxiousCarer Wed 22-Feb-17 17:58:54

It kind of crept up on me by the time I realised I needed help I was having anxiety attacks, thoughts of self harm had become strong and almost constant, and I couldn't concentrate at work. I've had delression in the past but this has been my first exlerience of anxiety, turns out it was part of PTSD from DH being ill a few months earlier.

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