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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It begins by focusing on the range of functions the nervous breakdown concept served, from its apparent origins around 1901 through its amplifications from the 1930s to the 1960s.
My doctor said] 'You've been through a major depression and a nervous breakdown but your mind was so strong you got through it on your feet - and it's produced all these physical symptoms'.
I'm not sure I'm capable of a full-on nervous breakdown, but it was pretty bad," she said.
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.
When the rhetoric rails against their own instincts it is inevitable they should suffer the political equivalent of a nervous breakdown.
Samantha Prescott (Laura Linney) may well be a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown--or indeed, two women on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The corps de ballet represents Parisian socialites and characters from Rossini's operas whose costumes (by David Roger) become more and more extravagant as Mr WW hurls himself into a nervous breakdown, trying to prove to his sidekick, Master Bring-the-Bag, that he is still Number One.
Powers said "one Norco woman suffered a nervous breakdown when men from the task force killed her two parrots before her eyes after pretending to `test' them for END in a contaminated death truck parked outside her house.
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.