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The importance of a breakdown

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Having a nervous breakdown could seem like the ultimate calamity. Far from it. The School of Life explains how, handled correctly, it can be a unique opportunity to learn - and to get properly well.

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Are you headed for a mental breakdown? - Forbes
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 26% of American adults are currently suffering from mental health disorders—18% of us from conditions that are rooted in anxiety.  Are we on the verge of a nation-wide mental breakdown?

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