Mental Breakdown and Internal Emptiness

A nervous breakdown (also called a mental breakdown) is a term that describes a period of extreme mental or emotional stress. The stress is so great that the person is unable to perform normal day-to-day activities. The term nervous breakdown isn’t a clinical one. Nor is it a mental health disorder.

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Well, that’s a typical definition of a mental breakdown. Most people go through this nowadays without even realizing it. They know that there’s something wrong, that they are suffering but they can’t actually put a real name to it. So many a people have lost a lot in the process of fighting mental breakdown ignoring in most cases what they were fighting.

It’s become a routine in western countries and that’s why there are psychotherapists in almost every corner of cities. It’s been labeled a western thing and people also happen to think that it’s not a black thing. They think it is skin color related and black people can’t suffer from it. Well, I’ve heard a lot of people arguing that.

That’s a great mistake. That’s exactly why most black people find it difficult to talk about such situations.

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We live in a human society standing pretty much like a prison to many extents. Many people often find themselves trapped in the rat-race and their mental health happens to pay the price. A bit too much if you ask me. Some others, victims of different life circumstances also happen to find themselves suffering from it.

This doesn’t have anything to do with where you come from or what your skin color looks like. Anyone can face mental Breakdown depending on a multitude of causes ranking from depression, anxiety, childhood trauma to (social, family, emotional, relational, and financial) pressure, and other stressful situations.

The most difficult part when you face a mental Breakdown is to ask for help. It’s more difficult than what people think because in addition to what you’re going through, you don’t want to be labeled nuts, weird and other names.

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This often leads people to consider suicide as a relief alternative even though it’s not the brightest idea. When facing such thoughts, we are like, if I am not living anymore, I won’t have to go through all this, the buzzing in my head will stop. This everyday painful and lonely situation will finally end. But that’s a way of giving up on oneself.

Most relatives don’t often understand that such a situation may be as critical as a life and death situation. And this especially when you’re a person with a black skin color.

There’s a common belief, black people don’t crack. To many extents this stands. Yet, sometimes, they do. They crack. Just like any regular human being–Regardless of any consideration. And because their community is not ready to accept this reality, most of them often lose their lives in the process of facing mental breakdown. Because when you can’t fight it, talk about it or even overcome it on your own, what else remains?

Some end up saying things like, “My monsters are back” “My demons are back” because they’ve never truly healed from it, because they’ve learned to live with it knowing they can’t talk about it. The fact is that no one will take it seriously and they don’t want to be laughed at or worse become the subject of funny conversations.

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot people fall apart as a result of mental breakdown –A lot of friends and mere acquaintances. Fortunately, they’ve survived even though they still carry some scars. I can’t say the same of some others who literally have lost themselves or even worse, their lives to that.

I’ve learned a couple of things about nervous breakdown along the years. I’ve learned how to build a safe space, somewhere I can feel safe and dive into my inner peace. I often call it equilibrium. I’ve also learned that the need to appear normal in regard to mainstream standards may be a leading cause to that. –I mean, to nervous breakdown.

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Thus, I have learned the hardest way to embrace myself and build my new-normal, which is being true to myself and learning to dance with the storm instead of trying helplessly to avoid it.
Music with deep lyrics, meditation, long walks and breathing exercises; reading and helping people reach their goals alongside with quality moments I spend with myself on a regular basis, genuinely have been my anchor over the years. But we are all different to many extents.

Therefore, if I were to dare to share pieces of advice with anyone going through nervous breakdown right now, call it a moment keeping in mind that this too shall pass. Meet a therapist if needs be. Don’t be afraid to talk to people. People you love and who can listen without being judgemental. Know that you are not nuts. You’re just going through chapters. It will pass. Make sure it does, — because you remain the sole master on board.

Oh, one more thing, it doesn’t have anything to do with your skin color. You are not weak. Don’t ever shrink. You’ve got to survive it. That’s exactly how you become stronger –A totally different, upgraded person. Find you anchor and grow through the process. It is your life and you’ve got to be in command. You can do this, right?

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