Definition of nervous breakdown in English:

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nervous breakdown

Pronunciation: /ˈˌnərvəs ˈbrākˌdoun/


A period of mental illness resulting from severe depression, stress, or anxiety.
Example sentences
  • Mind related diseases like anxiety, depression, nervous breakdowns and sleeplessness are on the rise.
  • At its most extreme, a prolonged period of bullying can lead to nervous breakdowns, depressive illness and, ultimately, suicide.
  • Stress call lead to illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, migraines and mental-health, problems like nervous breakdowns and violent outbursts.
mental collapse, breakdown, collapse, crisis, trauma;
nervous exhaustion, mental illness
informal crack-up

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Syllabification: nerv·ous break·down

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