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Can stress really cause you to have a nervous breakdown, or even develop a serious mind condition?Unfortunately yes, and this is something I learned the hard way. Few would doubt that stress, particularly if it's prolonged, can have both physiological as well as psychological consequences – fewer, however, would know how bad it can actually get.What caused your breakdown, and was it a sudden occurrenceMy breakdown was not a sudden occurrence, but was the result of years of unchecked stress and poor lifestyle practices and decisions. At the time those factors didn't seem like a real threat, but in the end they drove me to the edge, and by that point it was just a question of whether my body or mind would give way first.These years of unchecked stress resulted in doctors diagnosing you with bipolar disorder, and telling you there was no cure. But you beat the odds by using your 9-step program. What was the battle like for you?It was exceptionally tough. I had no reason to truly believe that I could cure myself, and so I was merely left with my own determination and fighting spirit. The top experts were consistently telling me that life is stressful and that it would inevitably tip me over the edge again. In the end, I maintained my flame of hope, I refused to give up, and these are two important parts of my message – particularly for anyone else who comes to the edge like I did.
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