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My Nervous Breakdown

This page describes how I got a nervous breakdown back in the 1990s for too much studying and lack of resting.

This is what I did. You are NOT advised to follow it or you face the same destiny.

1. Preparation

It is necessary to study everyday if possible.

The teachers speak and we must write down as much as possible not paying attention if what they say is all about the same thing. Then, at home, grab the books and dossier and try to find what the teachers said (or close) in the books and develop the subject according to the books and to what the teachers said, writing it down on new sheets. It is very important to write down a new dossier with all explanations and very readable characters, using colours if possible because they help memorise things.

Remember also that teachers will only teach the minimum possible, the rest is up to us. We must, on our own, get the remaining.

Let the lessons stay behind the least possible. And, if they stay behind, use the holidays or the weekends to try to put them up-to-date.

Use symbols and abbreviations to make writing faster and shorter. Shorter means we can read faster what is written. Also, use Maths sheets because the lines are smaller and more text will fit. Use association of easy words to memorise better hard expressions.

2. Daily study
We must use every spare minute to study — read, resume, try to memorise, first the subject of the paragraphs and then the body. On our way to the university we can study inside the bus/train using that useless time. Then, when arriving at home, we will have more free time for other things.

I think that at home it is better to study at night because everyone is sleeping and there is no background noise. Just lay down in the couch in the living room with the light on. Just us, the books and the dossier and sometimes the TV on to make the time go by faster.

If we have any questions regarding the subject being studied write them down and ask the teacher all the questions about that and the past lessons at the end of the class. Never give up, it will show the teachers our full interest and will help us understand things better. Also, ask the colleagues who seem to be better at the subject if we are bothering the teachers too much or if the teacher explanations are not good enough.

3. Exams arriving
When the exams start approaching is when the real problems begin because there are too many exams and we only have a few days between each one.

My advice is to study for the nearest exam but also spend some time preparing for the next one.

When classes finish and it is “holiday” time for exams, sometimes one must study up to 12+ hours/day, always with the dossier in your hand, reading over and over again.

After studying a lot our head will start hurting so one needs medicines to make it stop. Also, grab one or more blank sheets and write there the whole subject by topics, making it easier to see it all.

4. Medicines
The two medicines (probably no longer exist) I took a lot were:
  — Anvitol ;It is a box with blisters to improve/restore our energy both physical and mental. I took two blisters/day several months before the exams and three near them;
  — Aspegic 1000 (dust clone of aspirin) ;I took it when my head started hurting and also before going to an exam to avoid having a headache during it.