Nervous breakdowns are not reserved for adults. Substance abuse or no substance abuse, a teen or adolescent can reach a peak of what they are capable of handling in their life. Substance abuse might develop as a nervous breakdown begins to build as a child tries to control, manage, and cope on their own.
Changes in Mood
Teens are frequent in their mood swings due to hormones, life experiences, and social changes. Parents are advised to be on the constant lookout for mood changes in their teens which stand out from the norm. Typically, extreme demonstrations of mood should be looked out for. Symptoms that might be reminiscent of depression or anxiety are often depression or anxiety. Though these mood disorders can develop genetically or be caused by chemical imbalance, they can also develop as a coping mechanism for distress. The distress brought on by an oncoming nervous breakdown can inspire a wild roller coaster of extreme emotions and behavioral changes, categorized as mood changes. Uncontrollable emotional expression of fears, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, stress, crying, hysterics, and more are a sing that your teen is no longer able to keep up with or cope with what is going on in their mind.
Chronic Toxic Guilt
Guilt is an important emotional experience, until it isn’t important anymore. In the short term, guilt can teach valuable lessons. Often, guilt is the marker between right and wrong and stands as a lasting lesson for differentiating the two. Unfortunately, a lesson isn’t always learned with guilt. Instead, guilt becomes a chronic punishment like a lesson that is never fully grasped. Bearing an unmanageable weight, guilt becomes a deterrent in the ability for an adolescent to fully live their lives. Chronic feelings of toxic guilt can induce symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as lead to there behavioral changes for the worse. Guilt is an act of assuming responsibility beyond what one is responsible for. As stress builds from withstanding that pressure, nerves can start to break.
Even the most subtle of behavioral changes can be an indicator of greater problems. Changes in appetite, sleep, and physical complaints are key areas to look out for if you think your adolescent or teen might be on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
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