The 10 signs you’re at risk for depression after Louise Thompson opened up

WHEN Louise Thompson shared her nervous breakdown on social media earlier this week, her extremely honest video shocked many of her fans who thought the reality TV star was on the road to recovery.

Louise, 32, has spoken openly about her battle with PTSD and post-natal anxiety following the traumatic birth of her son Leo last year in which she had two very close brushes with death.


Louise shared her pain on social mediaCredit: Instagram
Louise pictured with her partner Ryan Libbey and their six-month-old son


Louise pictured with her partner Ryan Libbey and their six-month-old sonCredit: Instagram

But last week the star took an extreme turn for the worse, taking to Instagram to share news of a ‘catastrophic outage’ in which she admitted she wanted to ‘die in a big way’.

The former Made In Chelsea star had spent the day with partner Ryan Libbey and her six-month-old son, then visited close friend Rosie Fortescue, before heading home to have what she describes as a ” mental breakdown”.

She said: “And then I had an absolute catastrophic breakdown out of NOWHERE. It’s like my brain thinks I’m ready to die again.

“I couldn’t think straight or function for 40 minutes. Absolutely petrifying.

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“I literally don’t think I was triggered by something I had to take off because I don’t like to lower Ryan’s mood or others and then I found pictures of me as a child in my room and I started screaming ‘why did this have to happen to me’, feeling so angry and so sad for my innocent and vulnerable self.”

She added: “My new antidepressant is good enough for sleep so I take it at night and at least it helped me get to bed and reset to start today like a fresh new day but WOW when I I’m stuck in those moments I want to DIE big.

“Honestly, I don’t even have words to explain the suffering.”

As well as raising a lot of concern for the star, the post also saw fans asking what caused Louise’s sudden reversal.

Life coach for online wellness platform, Jeff Spires, said: “First of all, it’s important to say how sad it is to see poor Louise continue to struggle with her health. mental.

“’Mental collapse’ is not a specific diagnosis for a mental health disorder.

“However, the term is widely used by the general public to describe extreme feelings of mixed anxiety and depressed mood leading to an overwhelming sense of inability to function. This may also be referred to as a ‘nervous breakdown’.”

Jeff, who is also a Master NLP Practitioner, explained, “What happens when we have a ‘mental breakdown’ is extremely upsetting.

“The person is going through a sudden and intense period of distress or mental illness.

“Not only can those with depression feel unable to function, but they can also feel fearful and lose control of their bodies and their emotional state.

“While it may seem like a mental breakdown comes ‘out of nowhere’, there are usually many factors that have built up over time – that cause it.”

Causes and triggers of “mental depressions”

Jeff says, “Many of us face stress or sadness in our lives, but some of us feel it more than others and have different abilities to deal with it when they do.

“When people experience ‘mental breakdown’ they usually have a lot of emotional stress they are dealing with in the background and it can take a little extra stress or a moment to trigger a sudden overwhelm.”

He adds: “This state of panic sends the person into an extreme state of fear, sadness and stress and can have both physical and emotional impact, with symptoms as extreme as feelings of nausea, shaking, inability to breathe and inability to move. .

“And that’s why it’s called a blackout – A period of time that we just can’t cope with.

Causes of a mental breakdown can include:

A recent injury or illness that has changed daily

A recent traumatic event, such as a death in the family or a major emotional experience

Persistent stress in life

Changes in relationships: for example, divorce, family breakdowns

Financial stress, e.g. debt

The experience of violence

Any major life change

Job Loss

Lack of sleep

Loneliness/lack of support system

How to prevent a “mental breakdown”

Jeff says, “If you think you or someone close to you might be prone to depression, the first thing to say is that you should make an appointment with a primary care expert or mental health professional.

“Besides professional help, there are lifestyle interventions that can help reduce your risk of having a mental breakdown.”

Deep breathing

Slow rhythmic breathing has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to control stress, overload, and overall mental well-being.

When we learn simple breathing techniques, we can reduce the activation of our fear response system and calm the brain and body within seconds.

This simple breath work allows you to regain control of your thoughts and emotions and, when practiced regularly, can help drive away underlying stress and emotions.

The 4-1-1 technique

Inhale slowly for four seconds, breathing deeply into your belly.

Hold for a second.

Exhale slowly for four seconds, releasing any tension in your body.

Pause for a second and repeat.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise has been proven to help reduce stress while releasing a number of “happiness hormones” that stimulate positive emotions.

Regular physical activity can range from walking and biking to dancing, weight lifting, home workouts, or yoga.

Eat whole foods

Your diet can really help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety.

Try switching to a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and lean protein.


A lack of sleep can be a trigger for those of us who already suffer from underlying stress and trauma.

Try to prioritize sleep as much as possible.

Start by developing a bedtime routine that promotes sleep.

Dimming the lights, turning off appliances, reading a book, stretching your body, lighting a candle, and simply going to bed earlier can all help you get more rest.

To be present

In times of anxiety and panic, be curious about the things around you.

Notice how they look, sound, how people act, what they say, and so on.

This simple technique gives your mind something else to focus on instead of worrying about.

When you feel nervous, think about the people you love. How they make you smile and laugh.

The more love and joy you feel, the less anxious you will be.

share your thoughts

It can be very lonely to have anxiety, stress or a bad mood.

You may feel that no one understands, but the truth is that when you share your concerns with loved ones, not only do you get much-needed support, but expressing your feelings helps you take a step back and “unload” the tension and stress you have. on the inside.

Reduce stimulants

Avoid stimulants like energy drinks and caffeine.

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These types of stimulants can trigger feelings of anxiety, cause our minds to race, and contribute to a negative physical response to our emotions.

For more help with stress, anxiety, and managing mental breakdowns, visit where you can find access to mental and physical wellness expert help.

There are a number of triggers that can cause mental health to deteriorate


There are a number of triggers that can cause mental health to deteriorateCredit: Getty

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