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Please help. My cousin, in his early forties, is possibly having another nervous breakdown. What do you think about the symptoms? He didn’t sleep for 28h hours at one point. He stopped eating regularly. When he eats, he doesn’t notice what’s in the plate (he could be chewing cardboard). He’s not using any drugs, but he’s bursting with energy. For now. I’m afraid that there’s a deep fall lurking ahead. Like the last time. He had his first nervous breakdown a couple of weeks after his child was born. He never wanted a child with the woman he was with, but has always been a loving and responsible father.
Most importantly, he sees signs everywhere. Everything has a special meaning. Not only does he see signs, but he’s always on the look for them. Those signs are not religious in nature, but mystical. I did show him only partially how worried I am, because I don’t won’t him to cut me off as he had already done with his parents and sister. He mentioned that for a period of three hours he contemplated jumping of a roof (which means that he climbed the roof of a building!).
The only good thing that came out of it is that he left a horrible 25-year long relationship/marriage. But he did it because of another sign - he met a woman online, ten days ago, and she is off course the love of his life. She’s got two kids and no place to stay (her husband left her and yes that’s a sign too). They’re moving in together.
He hasn’t had a job for three years now. The only obligation he had, which he always fulfilled, was taking care of his daughter. Otherwise he lived like a teenager. He has no structure whatsoever and I’m really worried about him.
Apart from the one breakdown 5 years ago, I’m not aware of any mental problems he may have had. He has never had "highs&lows". Where he sees signs I see symptoms. Thank you for your opinion!
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