Intense mental distress can be harmful to your health. During this period, you will not be able to cope with challenges or function in your everyday life. Slow down when you feel like it’s unbearable. Breathe, talk to someone, take a long bath, or try yoga to stay calm. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Here are 12 warning signs of a nervous breakdown you shouldn’t ignore:

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1) You have extreme mood swings

You have sudden outbursts that you can’t explain. One minute you’re fine and the next you feel angry or sad for not reason.

2) You sleep too much or not enough

You either feel like sleeping all the time or have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop your mind from wandering. Sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep.

3) You get panic attacks

You have trouble breathing out of the blue and feel dizzy. You get chest pains and at times feel as if you’re going to die.

4) You always feel tired

Your stress and worries drain the energy out of you. You’re not only mentally exhausted, but your body feels weak too.

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5) You feel anxious

You find it difficult to concentrate. You always have a million and one things going through your mind. Sometimes you can’t even get out of bed.

6) You eat poorly

Your eating habits have changed drastically. You either have the need to eat all the time or lose your appetite.

7) You isolate yourself

You turn down lunch invitations at work and make up excuses not to attend family gatherings. All you feel like doing is staying at home.

8) Your brain feels foggy

You have trouble remembering things. You can’t concentrate, plan, think, or make any decisions and you feel like you’re in a fog.

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9) You feel overwhelmed

You worry so much that everything seems overwhelming to you. You even find it hard to cope with the smallest daily tasks.

10) You feel like there’s nothing to look forward to

You’ve lost hope. You can’t bring yourself to do anything. Your passions no longer make you happy. All you feel like doing is nothing.

11) You turn to alcohol

You drink more as a way to cope with your stress. You rely on alcohol to make yourself feel better and forget. You just want to feel numb.

12) You have flashbacks of a traumatic event

Thoughts of a past traumatic event keep haunting you. Sometimes it wakes you up at night and you find it hard to breathe.

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