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Can a breakup cause mental illness?

I am a 28 year old female. I want to know if a breakup can cause mental illness?

3 Answers

The breakup does essentially cause stress and may worsen the mental illness ,but it has not been an established cause of creating a mental illness. However, if someone is already vulnerable to develop mental illness it may become one of the contributing factor. This kind of situation usually is diagnosed as Adjustment disorder.
It can certainly lead to depression, anxiety, or panic attacks.
We are all affected differently by stress and can develop anxiety or mood disorder in the same circumstance. Best to liaise with a mental health provider for appropriate evaluation