Nervous exhaustion is not recognized as a disease, however, it can be a sign of psychological disorders such as anxiety or depression and so knowing how to recognize it helps to identify early problems that need to be treated.
Usually, the symptoms of exhaustion arise when there is excessive stress, preventing the correct mental functioning. So some of the more common signs include:
- Difficulty concentrating : Excessive stress greatly exacerbates attention span, leaving the brain weary to focus when needed;
- Lack of memory : In more severe cases, attention span effort can alter memory-related brain functions, making it difficult to remember even simple information;
- Excessive will to eat : stress causes hormonal changes that increase appetite, especially for foods high in fat and carbohydrates;
- Intestinal changes : mental stress usually causes changes in the functioning of the intestine, leading to the onset of abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation or excessive gas;
- Sensitivity to odors : when anxiety is at very high levels olfactory receptors become more sensitive, which can make it difficult to tolerate even formerly neutral scents;
- Frequent feeling that something bad will happen : stress usually leaves problems more complicated than they really are, so it is common to feel that nothing will be alright;
- Lack of concern about the image : very stressed people usually do not have enough energy to worry about their own image.
In addition to these signs, physical symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, muscle aches, dizziness, persistent cough and constant headaches may also occur.
When to go to the doctor
Some of these symptoms can arise after a situation of excessive stress and disappear in a few hours and in such cases, it is not necessary to go to the doctor, being only recommended to relax.
However, when several symptoms appear or last for more than 2 days it may be advisable to consult a psychologist to identify the cause and initiate appropriate treatment.
How is the treatment done?
The treatment for nervous breakdown depends on its cause but usually when it is caused by too much stress is done with using calming remedies like Pasalix and a vacation.
In cases of psychological problems, such as Hulk Syndrome , antidepressant drugs, such as Prozac, and therapy with the psychiatrist may also be needed.
During treatment for nervous breakdown one should also give preference to foods rich in tryptophan, such as Parana nut and avocado, because they release serotonin into the bloodstream, improving well-being.