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nervous breakdown

(not in technical use) any disabling mental disorder requiring treatment.
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An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
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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 in Medicine

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

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