nervous breakdown


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Related to nervous breakdown: panic attack, depression, anxiety

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.
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The most interesting feature of the nervous breakdown concept, if not at its origins at least quite soon, involves its decidedly ambivalent relationship to professional medicine and psychology.
I was suffering from a nervous breakdown after the break-up of my marriage so I was very upset.
A nervous breakdown seemed just seconds away when the easygoing Belinda Millman,from Stevenage,introduced a rabbit and guinea pig into his world: ``I nearly cried when I saw the hutch.
FAILED presidential candidate David Norris had a nervous breakdown following his traumatic defeat, he revealed yesterday.
SOUTH Wales Police have been accused of driving an employee to a nervous breakdown after constant bullying.
Super-successful singer/actress Jennifer Lopez has told the press she suffered a nervous breakdown - not when she was giving birth to twins, or even training for a triathlon at the same time as she learned to become a new mum.
Matooq denies that he had a nervous breakdown when he heard of the horrific news.
Former mental health patient Noel Taylor, aged 44, of Longfield House, Bell Green Road, Courthouse Green, has just published One to Free, a novel about a man who suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to go on the run after a series of disastrous events.
A man who had a nervous breakdown drove his car while three times over the drink-drive limit, Newcastle magistrates heard.
I ALMOST HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN before this trip even started.
1953: Actress Vivien Leigh flew home to England from Hollywood after suffering from an apparent nervous breakdown.