Definition of nervous breakdown in English:

nervous breakdown

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noun

  • A period of mental illness resulting from severe depression, stress, or anxiety: Joe nearly had a nervous breakdown
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    mental collapse, breakdown, collapse, nervous collapse, nervous exhaustion, nervous tension, period of mental illness, crisis, personal crisis, psychological trauma
    informal crack-up

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