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Anxiety Clinic - Nervous Breakdown

Nervous Breakdown Treatment in Stoke on Trent & Newcastle under Lyme

Although you may be reading this page because you feel you could be approaching or have already experienced a nervous breakdown - it is actually just as common for a carer or loved one to be researching information or seeking help on behalf of someone else. Either way, we can offer you a lifeline.

If you're ready to recover or would like to discuss your situation with one of our Consultants, you can contact us on 01782 855585, 11am to 9pm seven days a week. However, if you're still researching information on how nervous breakdowns work, the best treatment and recovery options - we'd suggest you look at our dedicated nervous breakdown satellite website.


What Is A Nervous Breakdown?

A nervous breakdown generally occurs as the result of an extended period of high emotional stress. However, work pressure, family issues, loss, relationship breakup or social and domestic difficulties can also play a significant part. There is no single cause that can be attributed to a nervous breakdown in general.

It is said that prevention is better than cure, so if it is the case that you feel you may be approaching a nervous breakdown it's important to act quickly. The sooner you begin to receive the treatment you require the more likely it is that a nervous breakdown can be avoided. If you find yourself in a state where you are suffering emotionally and find it difficult to focus on other things. Then you pretend it isn't there or simply hope things will get better - that's likely to allow the situation to spiral out of control. The mind and body can only cope with a given amount of emotional turmoil before a 'safety switch' causes a psychological and (to a degree) a physical shutdown. This shutdown is what is commonly known as a nervous breakdown and results in the sufferer, in varying degrees, to cease to function.

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What Happens After A Nervous Breakdown?

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Following a nervous breakdown people can become withdrawn from social situations wishing to avoid contact with people, even friends and family in some cases. They can feel lethargic, tired and listless but still struggle to sleep in a regular pattern. Feelings of guilt, worrying about otherwise insignificant things and emotional swings (including crying) are common symptoms to experience post nervous breakdown.

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How Does The Treatment Work?

Nervous breakdowns are always emotionally driven. The obvious problem when working with emotions is that they're not based upon logic, hence offering counselling to the effect of "its not so bad, you're a good person - everything will be OK" simply doesn't help. The way to prevent a nervous breakdown or to effectively rebuild after a nervous breakdown 'shutdown' is to address the problem emotional states directly.

People tend to believe (or assume) that outside events cause us to feel emotional states. This is partially true - but certainly not to the extent you may think. For example, let's say your boss is in a foul mood and speaks to you in a rude manner. You may feel upset, hurt or even angry but you'll almost certainly experience an unpleasant emotional state of some sort. Thus it's easy to assume that it was the event of your boss being rude that caused you to feel upset. However, let's look a little more closely at what's really going on. I guarantee in such a situation you'd be talking to yourself in your own head (called internal dialogue) saying something like - "That's not fair, I've done nothing wrong, in fact I give 100% and work late whenever I'm asked". You'd probably also be remembering images in your minds eye from when you've worked particularly hard as you run through the above internal dialogue. Now, this is called 'process' and it's the way the mind processes information so we understand what's going on around us. It is the way we process the information which creates our emotional states - not the outside event (a rude boss in this example).

If you're still not sure about this, take a moment to think back about something that has really upset you in the past. Notice the mental imagery and also the internal dialogue (how you talk to yourself about the event).

So did you feel bad when you thought about the upsetting memory?

In reality that event was not actually occurring - you were simply reprocessing old information through your mind. However, that's all it takes to create emotional states. We accept that the emotion you experienced may not have been quite as intense as it was originally when the event occurred, but it does prove the point that it is the processing (or reprocessing) of information which creates and maintains emotional states - rather than events.

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How You Can Recover From A Nervous Breakdown...

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At the Anxiety Clinic we specialise in doing away with problem emotional states. So, whatever has been causing you to feel stressed and emotional we can re-engineer to not bother you anymore. If you're thinking that this wont work for you or that you're some sort of exception then you fit in with the majority of our clients who initially think the same thing. You'll be pleasantly surprised at what's possible and how quickly you'll notice marked improvement.

There's no financial risk either. We understand that choosing the right people to work with, particularly with regard to your mental health, is very important. That's why we invite you (and a partner, friend or carer if you wish) to have a coffee and a no-obligation informal chat with us before you commit to anything. We'll give you 30 minutes or a little longer if necessary to explain your situation, how you feel and to ask any questions you may have. If after that time you're not completely satisfied to go ahead and work with us - then you can walk away and owe us nothing.

If we do agree to work together, our face to face sessions are 90-minutes in duration and our fees are £95 per session. We generally recommend one session per week but are flexible and will tailor treatment to suit your specific needs and schedule. Appointments are available 11am to 9pm with weekend appointments available upon request.

If you live in or near Stoke on Trent you can find further information on how our face to face consultations work, our fees and our satisfaction money-back guarantee here: Face to Face Consultations

If you live further afield where travelling to our Clinic in person would be unfeasible, but you'd still like to work with us - we offer Online (Skype) and Telephone Appointments with the exact same specialised Consultants: Online/Telephone Consultations

Alternatively if you'd like to talk to a Consultant rather than continuing reading, feel free to call us on 01782 855585. We are always happy to help.

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