I think sooner or later, the stress of IB gets to you. I think most people, however, deal with the stress in a healthy way; some may get a little moody, some may vent their frustrations onto others, while others may laugh with their friends as to why they ever choose to take IB. There are others - perhaps those who let it all bottle up, or those who try to bite more than they chew - who 'breakdown'. This happened during 'hell week' - (that time period in your senior year (IB2) when EVERYTHING is thrown at you - you have to complete your EE draft, you have to finish numerous IAs, you have a ToK presentation, you need to finish your CAS project, and on top of that you still have homework and exams for 6 subjects.). I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing someone breakdown. It was during a math exam. The room was really silent when all of sudden this girl just starts sobbing. It was super awkward. After like a minute (with the teacher doing nothing), one of her friends takes her outside, and everyone continues writing their exam. I don't know why, but whenever I think back to IB, I think of that. It was a really weird moment, and I think I had a semi-ephiphany. Like why do we do these things to ourselves? What am I doing in life?