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  • Hey Psych2go-ers. Have you ever found yourself in a period of intense mental distress?

  • That's what a mental breakdown can feel like.

  • Some experience it progressively while others can feel it very suddenly.

  • You may even find yourself unable to perform daily tasks due to the feeling of being so overwhelmed.

  • So, here are seven signs you may be having a mental breakdown.

  • One, isolation.

  • Do you find yourself constantly avoiding social gatherings?

  • While wanting to be alone from time to time is perfectly normal, constant isolation may be a sign of a mental breakdown.

  • According to Novotny, premature mortality is often associated with social isolation and loneliness.

  • If you find yourself avoiding all social situations, like spending time with your friends or even going to work, it may be time for you to reach out for some help.

  • Two, depressive symptoms.

  • Do you find yourself losing interest in the things you used to enjoy?

  • If you do, you may be developing symptoms of depression.

  • Symptoms of depression are usually associated with loss of interest as well as the inability to carry out daily tasks.

  • These signs can be indicative of a change in mood or that you are mentally overwhelmed, which could progressively lead to a mental breakdown.

  • Number three, absent-mindedness.

  • Have you been really caught up in your thoughts lately?

  • Mental distress can cause you to think a lot.

  • A person on the verge of a mental breakdown can seem preoccupied as if their mind is elsewhere.

  • You may even look like you're silently staring blankly into an open space, which is actually commonly seen in adolescent breakdowns.

  • Four, unhealthy lifestyle changes.

  • From sleep, hygiene, to eating habits, severe unhealthy lifestyle changes can be a sign of a mental breakdown.

  • These can include suddenly sleeping really late, snacking too much, or not exercising because of a sudden loss of motivation.

  • If you find yourself having sudden unhealthy lifestyle changes, you might want to check on your mental well-being.

  • Five, paranoia.

  • Are you constantly worried that people are gonna hurt you?

  • Paranoia is a thought process that causes you to have irrational suspicion or mistrust of others.

  • As paranoia is also known for having constant anxiety-related beliefs, developing symptoms of paranoia may indicate that you are under severe stress, which can lead to a mental breakdown.

  • Six, slowing down of speech.

  • Have you responded with, "I don't know" or "I just don't feel right" when asked about your feelings?

  • One of the earliest signs of a mental breakdown is changes in speech patterns, which can come in the form of hesitation or in the slowness of speech.

  • This could be due to the emergence of intrusive thoughts or strong feelings you may find difficult to express.

  • And seven, panic attacks.

  • Mental breakdowns are periods of intense mental distress associated with anxiety and depression.

  • Experiencing panic attacks may serve as a critical warning or precursor to having a mental breakdown.

  • Do you relate to any of these signs?

  • Let us know in the comments below.

  • Remember you're not alone, and if you can relate to this video, don't be afraid to reach out to a professional or talk to someone you trust.

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  • The references and studies used in this video are added in the description below. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you in the next video!

Hey Psych2go-ers. Have you ever found yourself in a period of intense mental distress?

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