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Overwhelm Shutdown

Generally speaking, "overwhelm shutdown" is a condition of mental or emotional overload

that can cause someone to feel emotionally or cognitively shut down. When a person

experiences more stress, pressure, or stimulus than they can handle, they may experience

this. A person may have paralysis in this state, be unable to think clearly or make decisions,

and retreat from social situations or activities.


Feelings of perplexity, exhaustion, irritation, and a sense of being emotionally or cognitively

overburdened are some of the symptoms of overwhelming shutdown. It's critical to identify

these symptoms of overwhelm and take action to address its underlying causes.


Implementing stress-reduction strategies, prioritising tasks, engaging in self-care, and

asking for help are common strategies for managing overwhelm. Overwhelm shutdown can

be prevented or lessened by taking pauses, assigning chores to others, and dividing more

complex tasks into smaller, more manageable parts.


Seeking help from a mental health professional can be helpful if these symptoms continue or

substantially disrupt daily living. They can offer extra coping mechanisms and assistance

based on the particular requirements of the person.

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