nervous breakdown

(not in technical use) any disabling mental disorder requiring treatment.

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nervous breakdown
any mental illness not primarily of organic origin in which the patient ceases to function properly, often accompanied by severely impaired concentration, anxiety, insomnia, and lack of self-esteem; used esp of episodes of depression

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nervous breakdown n.
A severe or incapacitating emotional disorder, especially when occurring suddenly and marked by depression.

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Example sentences
After he got back, he achieved some success as a songwriter, but then had a
  nervous breakdown.
Looking back at the past few months, it's fair to wonder if the country isn't
  going through a nervous breakdown.
At one point she suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized and
The next year she failed to report for work on three successive films and was
  reported to be suffering from a nervous breakdown.
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