Imagine the brain as a business enterprise
Let us imagine the brain as a business enterprise, say a bicycle shop, where the owner looks after the customers at the front counter and the employees in the back room have the job of preparing each bicycle for sale and fixing up damaged bikes. If the people doing this routine work are not functioning properly, the owner has to interrupt his attending to customers and answering the phone to do the other routine jobs that should have been done automatically by the employees in the back room.
Because of the extra jobs he has to do all at once, the owner finds he gets flustered, can’t handle the customers and becomes inefficient. He finds he can handle only a greatly reduced number of customers ringing up or coming in the front door if he has to do all this routine work himself.
This situation is analogous to that of the person with minimal brain dysfunction whose learning/unlearning neurons find themselves having to perform automatic tasks like keeping the body upright, through the visual cells in the cerebral cortex rather than through the automatically functioning cells of the cerebellum and the balance centers.
In my opinion, minimal brain dysfunction is a common cause of a lowered tolerance to frustration and an increased tendency to experience stress-breakdown symptoms with only moderate stress. Unfortunately, because the medical profession is not educated enough about minimal brain dysfunction, this diagnosis is often overlooked, particularly in adults.

Stresses are cumulative
It is important to note that stress breakdown may occur in response to an excessive total load of stresses. There may be a few big problems or there may be an accumulation of an excessive amount of small problems.
Sometimes a person apparently breaks down in response to stress which might not appear serious enough to explain such a reaction. This situation may, however, be something like ‘the last straw that broke the camel’s back’. The breakdown was not triggered by that particular situation but by the accumulation of problems, some of which might be secret or not obvious.
Stress breakdown is more likely, however, where the accumulation is not just in the area covered by question one, but where a person can answer ‘yes’ to all five questions. Thus a combination of increased workload with decreased processing efficiency of the nervous system greatly increases the possibility of stress breakdown.


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