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    Nervous Breakdown

    Any hints on how to recognize when you're having one?
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    Sudden anxiety over nothing, strong over response emotionally to trivial things.

    Then again, it might just be a mid life crisis. Quick, run out and get a sports car and a mistress 1/2 your age +5 years.
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    If you can't get anyhting done because you're banging your head on immovable objects, you might be having a nervous breakdown.... then again, you just might be confusing yourself with a hammer.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    +5 to everything here.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    If you can't get anyhting done because you're too legit to quit, you might be having a nervous breakdown.... then again, you just might be confusing yourself with MC Hammer.
    early 90's rapped it for you.
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    I have one about every 30 days. It involves eating a lot of chocolate and curse words.

    Srsly. Usually you get irriated over trivial things, sometimes you have angina. Also, while driving you might get the sudden urge to drive off a cliff enbankment. Don't do it.

    Do something that de-stresses you. Or get away for a little bit from your stressors.
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    I have one about every 30 days. It involves eating a lot of chocolate and curse words.

    Srsly. Usually you get irriated over trivial things, sometimes you have angina. Also, while driving you might get the sudden urge to drive off a cliff enbankment. Don't do it.

    Do something that de-stresses you. Or get away for a little bit from your stressors.
    I don't think buda has one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    I don't think buda has one of those.
    I knew as soon as I wrote that word one of you guys would 'fix' it for me. :grrrface:
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    mangina? Like Old Gregg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    mangina? Like Old Gregg?
    Yes you fuzzy little man peach
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Any hints on how to recognize when you're having one?
    Yes- you cease being able to function as an independent adult.

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    Thanks guys I think I'm just having a rough 2011.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Sudden anxiety over nothing, strong over response emotionally to trivial things.
    Then again, it might just be a mid life crisis. Quick, run out and get a sports car and a mistress 1/2 your age +5 years.
    Thats me every day for the past three months, started helping at the local pet shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, keeps me away from my wife which is usually the focal point of my "emotional response," she does it too but doesn't admit it. I figure I'll get better, but if she keeps it up I'll follow part two of your advice Mr. Stormcrowe.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Thanks guys I think I'm just having a rough 2011.
    And there is a whole more 10 months of it...
    "Hoy es un dia normal, pero yo voy a hacerlo intenso" ~ Juanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    And there is a whole more 10 months of it...
    Ack don't remind me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Ack don't remind me.
    As someone who has had twice experienced what I would call, in retrospect, 'nervous breakdowns', I would advocate going and seeing a professional sooner rather than later. The biggest lies you can tell yourself are that you can handle the stress on your own, that you don't need any help, and that asking for help means admitting weakness. No one else told me those things, because I wouldn't open up to anyone about them. I was the only person filling up my own head with those lies, and it was a hard voice to silence. The sooner you do something about it, the sooner you'll feel better, and the less bad you'll ultimately feel. And anyone who argues that you need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, or any other such nonsense is full of it. That's arguing simple physics against extremely complicated (and poorly understood) neurochemistry.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, depression, or are having difficult obsessive/compulsive thoughts, then go and find a professional. A priest or a pastor, a rabbi or imam, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a social worker, or even your family doctor if you have a good one, and you have a good relationship with them. I have found that even the simple action of booking an appointment to talk with someone makes me feel better, even before actually talking to them, because I feel like I'm taking care of myself, and it reminds me that I am important, and how I feel matters. And going in and talking to a professional was even more helpful. Don't decide that you're going to do it next week, or in a few days- do it now. Call your doctors office and make an appointment

    I'm not catholic, I'm not even Christian (I'd say I'm an atheistically-leaning agnostic), but there is a large catholic church very close to my house. I was feeling absolutely terrible one day, and I walked in and found a priest to talk to for about a half an hour.

    Anyway, feel free to PM me.

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    You write "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" over and over again...

    Seriously, though, here are some signs/symptoms to ponder...for your sake, I hope you're not hitting on any of these...

    Physical symptoms of a nervous breakdown

    • Sleep disruption - much longer periods of sleep or insomnia
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Breathing problems
    • Migraine headaches
    • Low libido
    • Memory loss
    • Disrupted menstrual cycle
    • Extreme exhaustion/fatigue
    • Feelings of persistent anxiety or panic attacks
    • Significant changes in appetite, such as eating too little or too much (comfort eating)
    • Visual/eye disturbances

    Emotional symptoms

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Agitation and restlessness
    • Indecision
    • Loss of confidence and selfesteem
    • Inability to stop crying
    • Feelings of guilt, poor judgment
    • Disinterest in social life and work or alienation from previously close friends and family
    • Hearing voices
    • Inability to pursue a normal life, normal activities or normal relationships
    • Increasing dependence on alcohol or drugs
    • Paranoid thoughts, such as the thought people are trying to harm you
    • Seeing people who are not there
    • Thoughts of dying or wish to die
    • Thoughts of grandeur or invincibility
    • Having flashbacks to a prior traumatic event
    • Hearing voices

    Behavioral symptoms

    • Mood swings
    • Strange behavior such as odd body movements or undressing in public
    • Exhibiting strong or violent anger
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Any hints on how to recognize when you're having one?
    When everyone around you is breathing wrong and subsequently need to be punched in the face to correct it. This too shall pass...maybe. Hang in there

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