nervous breakdown

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breakdown

 [brāk´doun]
1. the act or process of ceasing to function, or the resulting condition.
2. an often sudden collapse in health, physical or mental.
3. loss of self-control.
nervous breakdown a nonspecific, popular name for any type of mental disorder that interferes with the affected individual's normal activities, often implying a severe episode of sudden onset.

ner·vous break·down

(ner'vŭs brāk'down),
Nonmedical term for an emotional or mental illness; often a euphemism for a psychiatric disorder.

nervous breakdown

n.
A collapse in mental health, such as the onset of a severe mood disorder, that precludes normal functioning and may require hospitalization. Not in clinical use.

nervous breakdown

Psychiatry A dated term that encompasses anxiety, panic and depressive disorders Psychology A popular term for being mentally overwhelmed by circumstance and accumulated acute stressors

ner·vous break·down

(nĕr'vŭs brāk'down)
Nonmedical but very common term for an emotional or mental illness; often a colloquialism for a psychiatric disorder.

nervous breakdown

A popular and imprecise term used to describe any emotional, neurotic or psychotic disturbance ranging from a brief episode of hysterical behaviour to a major psychotic illness such as SCHIZOPHRENIA.