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.
And most of it is acted on the teetering precipice of a nervous breakdown.
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.