Nervous exhaustion: symptoms and treatment

Nervous exhaustion is a psychoemotional condition that occurs in a person after suffering mental stress, stress and excessive mental activity. Our body is a well-functioning system in which everything is interconnected, and therefore the overload of one of the systems (intellectual or emotional) immediately affects the overall well-being of the person, causing symptoms of nervous exhaustion.


The main reason for this condition is overwork of the body. And we are talking about physical, mental, emotional or mental fatigue. If the body is constantly working in the regime of increased stress load, failures occur. The same can be said about the work of the body at the peak of the emotional load.

Mental activity, for example, concentrated studies, can also lead to the exhaustion of the nervous system — that is why schoolchildren and students of higher education institutions often face this problem. And nervous exhaustion develops when a person does not alternate between different kinds of loads, for example, physical and mental, focusing on one direction of activity.

In a word, all excessive emotions are unfavorable for our nervous system, and if they are long, they can cause nervous exhaustion.


With nervous exhaustion, people complain of a variety of symptoms, suggesting the presence of completely different diseases. In particular, many people have jumps in blood pressure, headaches and pain in the heart. In this case, people think that they have a cardiac pathology, and turn to the cardiologist, whereas only a neurologist can help them.

Other signs of nervous exhaustion are:

  • Insomnia
  • nightmares
  • Sexual dysfunction in men (or violation of libido in women)
  • Feeling of numbness and coldness in the limbs.

Against the background of the depletion of the nervous system, nausea and vomiting, as well as other dyspeptic disorders, may occur, which also causes a person to falsely suspect of GI disease.

There are other symptoms of such a pathology as nervous exhaustion. For example, people are disturbed by coordination, there is a disorder of attention, orientation in space, speech is broken, memory is deteriorating. Sometimes the symptoms of the disorder are so strong that a person needs to be hospitalized, but most often the treatment is done on an outpatient basis.

Symptoms of vegetovascular dystonia are also present with a syndrome such as nervous exhaustion. These are signs such as a rise and fall in blood pressure, a faster heartbeat, and a drop in temperature (up to 35 degrees and slightly lower).

The most characteristic symptoms for this disorder are associated with a violation of the emotional sphere. Patients are usually in a depressed or apathetic state, but they may have unreasonable outbursts of anger and irritability caused by absolutely insignificant things, words or actions.

People with a disability such as nervous exhaustion, constantly feel fatigue, weakness and sleep disorder. They often look for salvation from their feelings in alcohol, which further exacerbates the situation, leads to the development of severe depression and the emergence of alcohol dependence.

Treatment features

Despite the fact that nervous exhaustion is not an obvious pathology, it can not be underestimated, since in this condition the quality of human life significantly deteriorates. Without treatment, this disorder can harm not only the man himself, but also his loved ones — in a state of nervous exhaustion, people often do things whose consequences are dire


nervous exhaustion treatment is carried out with a specially selected of drugs — anti-depressants, vitamins, vasodilators (for improvement of the brain). It should be remembered that the treatment of nervous exhaustion can be prescribed only by a qualified specialist. In no event should not self-medicate, as all of the above drugs have side effects and their unjustified appointment can be dangerous for health.

An important place in the treatment of depletion of the body is the preparation of the correct regime of the day. The schedule should be designed so that during the day a person had time for walks, uneasy physical activities, rest and work. Important is the normalization of nutrition — a diet made in accordance with the rules of healthy eating, will improve well-being.

It is very important to normalize sleep, and best of all, if you can do without taking appropriate medications. Therefore, shown walking outdoors in the evening, meditation, enabling you to relax, warm bath before going to bed — in short, everything that can help to relax and sink into a deep sleep heals