On the edge
Are you on the verge of a breakdown?
According to Nuclear Physics and The Free Dictionary, a meltdown is the “severe overheating of a nuclear reactor core, resulting in melting of the core and escape of radiation.”
This image can also be applied to man’s ability to cope with challenges. When you're happy and positive, it’s much easier to handle difficulties. But once you're “overheated,” it becomes difficult to face different situations and troubles tend to hit the core of your being.
So how do we define a “mental meltdown” or what is commonly referred to as a “nervous breakdown”?
According to Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., the term “nervous breakdown” isn’t a medical term but it isn’t a normal or healthy response to stress either. It is sometimes described as a stressful situation that temporarily incapacitates a person to function properly in their day-to-day life. It is an acute emotional or psychological collapse that characterizes a wide range of mental illnesses.