The reader will be aware by now, if you are suffering from second stage stress breakdown symptoms, that you got this way by using your will-power to ignore the anxiety signals of nervous system overload.
However, if you are experiencing stage one symptoms only, and if you followed all my suggestions so far, you should not develop stage two symptoms. But if you do, you will not be afraid of them, because you know that the second stage symptoms of losing control of your emotions and being unable to ‘psych’ yourself or motivate yourself into doing something you don’t want to do, are just a sign that you must now rest, get help to relieve the stress, and that you must now get some more sleep.
Second stage symptoms are your marching orders, your instructions that this is the end of your ability to stay in the stressful situation without behaving abnormally.
In stage three breakdown you will not be aware, usually, that your abnormal behaviour is due to stress and you will not be able to do anything meaningful to help yourself. When you develop stage three stress symptoms, you will need a ‘rescuer’ to take over and help you.
Therefore, you should regard the symptoms of stage two breakdown, the loss of emotional control and the inability to motivate yourself as easily as before, as a potentially serious threshold not to step over.
If, however, you either choose or are forced to ignore these symptoms and try to continue on under the stress as before, then you will experience serious stress breakdown. If you are to be helped out of your stage three breakdown, the person helping you will have to take into consideration those factors which caused you to ignore the stage two stress breakdown symptoms. You may, in fact, be too strong to stop yourself from breaking down further. You may not be weak enough to prevent breaking down. I know these statements seem paradoxical, but they indicate a basic truth about stress breakdown – strong people are more likely to break down than weaker people.

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The plethora of possible therapies can be quite confusing to the new patient. In addition, most individual therapies are taught at a number of different training schools, which often vary in their emphasis and approach. What is important is to find both a therapy and a practitioner that suit you personally. Often the qualities of the practitioner as a person are at least as important as the techniques he or she uses.
The therapies described in the following pages can all be helpful for emotional stress, physical tension and pain, as well as insomnia. If touch is lacking in your life, you might receive particular benefit from a hands-on treatment like osteopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, or massage. If you feel taking medication is important or necessary, try homoeopathy or medical herbalism.
Before embarking on a course of treatment it’s worth checking out what the practitioner has to offer in addition to any specialization. Some train in more than one discipline, and can advise you on diet or nutritional supplements, or combine treatments like osteopathy and acupuncture.
You may find your practitioner using unusual means of diagnosis: some are trained in iridology, diagnosis through the iris of the eye, which reflects the state of the body: variations in the colour, dark or light spots and so on can indicate organic or functional weaknesses and nutritional deficiencies. Some use kinesiology techniques (see page 150) to test imbalances and nutritional needs; some use dowsing with a pendulum. Some are highly intuitive and can tell a lot about a patient simply by looking at them or touching them.
Assuming your GP is open minded, it’s as well to let him or her know that you are seeking additional treatment. Doctors today are conscious of the possible side-effects of tranquillizers and sleeping pills; they don’t want patients to become addicted, and many of them recognize the value of alternative forms of reducing anxiety.
However, if you are already taking medication you should discuss this with both your doctor and the natural practitioner you have chosen. Some forms of natural medicine really are alternative rather than complementary to conventional medicine; some herbal medicines, for example, may not be compatible with medical drugs, and the effect of some homoeopathic remedies can be counteracted by drugs like steroids. So you should talk to your doctor before making any changes in or adding to what he or she has already prescribed.
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