nervous breakdown

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Origin of nervous breakdown

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Related Words for nervous breakdown

collapse, depression, neurosis, burnout, crackup, neurasthenia

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