Description: General term for various emotional disorders causing severe life disturbance.
Organ or part of body involved: Brain
Symptoms and indications: Inability to cope.
Causes and risk factors: The collapse may be symptomatic of a wide range of underlying conditions including anxiety, stress, depression, manic depression, post traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia.
Prevention: Self-management can include taking a break from work, taking alternative naturals and treatments (see your naturopath or herbalist); exercising more, allowing more time for sleep, increasing actual fun and laughter, doing some deep relaxation or meditation daily, improving food choices and de-stressing your lifestyle wherever possible. Take care of yourself! Not all breakdowns can be prevented, but many can. Increase your chance of staying physically and mentally healthy by being proactive in your approach.