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Nervous Breakdown

by Anonymous

I may have had a nervous/emotional breakdown. I let myself get run down when my husband became ill with cancer and imploded. I didn't mean to damage myself this way. Would you please pray for him and me both? People treat me crazy so I continue to think that I am, which is a vicious cycle. I want to be good. I need to be able to think again. People look at me funny, so I am self-conscious of all of my moves. My husband is constantly yelling at me for being so addle-brained but he doesn't realize what happened. You can't see it. I am sorry. Please pray that I be made whole again and for the welfare of those I have hurt. My reputation is ruined. I can't start out each day so exhausted and keep going. There is nothing left. Thank you. Help me stop this insanity.

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Mar 19, 2013
Praying for you
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear of your trouble, I will remember you both in my prayers. I also suffer from depression so I know what you are going through.

Mar 28, 2011
All Will Be Well
by: Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

The tone of worry and anxiety in your post is very familiar to me, so please allow me to offer some words of encouragement, and perhaps some advice. I suffer greatly from anxiety and have had several breakdowns in the past. My faith is the only thing that is the great factor in dealing with many of the fears and anxieties (usually unnecessary ones, at that) and give me the strength to carry on with my daily duties.

Firstly, worry not what others think of you in any way whatsoever. Your struggle is personal and only God knows what is going on. It may seem hopeless, but rest assured is is not. Worrying what others think or do is a waste of energy and unnecessary. It only adds to the anxiety.

Secondly, I cannot stress enough the power of praying the Holy Rosary for both relief of mind and spiritual guidance and urge you, if you are unable to do this everyday, to begin your day with a morning offering (if you do not already do so now) that places any hard situations or pains of the day at the feet of Our Lord and Blessed Mother. By doing this, you will find that when the little "annoyances" that may come upon you will seem less important and troublesome and you will gain peace in knowing that your affliction is actually a useful thing. This is known as Redemptive Suffering. Remember to thank God for both the good things and the unpleasant, as they both work for the ultimate goal of good in the end.

There are different versions of the Morning Offering that people do. You will find many fine prayers available at Catholic Online:

Try to always consider the suffering Our Lord and Holy Mother went through, and know that there is no amount of suffering we could ever experience like they did, and you will soon get a real grasp of how small your suffering really is in comparison.

By working with your affliction in this way, you not only will be offering them up to the poor souls, or for the benefit of soother's salvation, but you will be aware that God is working at that very moment in your affliction. The key is to make your affliction work for others, instead of against you.

Pray for strength and patience and resign yourself to the Will of God. Know that we are praying for you and your husband. God Bless You.

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