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nervous breakdown

noun
1.
(not in technical use) any disabling mental disorder requiring treatment.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for nervous-breakdown

nervous breakdown

noun
1.
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 in Medicine

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

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