(not in technical use) any disabling mental disorder requiring treatment.
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How to use nervous breakdown in a sentence
Hikers whose names I do not remember have heard about the time I nearly had a nervous breakdown in the Sierra Nevada or what it’s like to share a tiny tent with your spouse.
She told me that she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown pre-pandemic.What the pandemic teaches us about the need for parental leave | Victoria Livingstone | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
After the pandemic first hit, Devin Johnson remembers standing in the middle of his empty office in Indianapolis on the brink of a nervous breakdown.Bosses share burdens of leadership during a pandemic and its effect on their mental health | Jessica Davies | February 22, 2021 | Digiday
Truth be told, there is no one better at capturing the agony and alarm of a woman in the throes of a nervous breakdown than Moore.
“I am dying here and feel as if I could soon suffer a nervous breakdown,” he wrote.
Around Christmas, Rachel was reportedly hospitalized for a nervous breakdown.West Virginia Heathers: Was Skylar Neese Murdered by Her Best Friends? | Caroline Linton | December 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imagine Beyoncé, nervous breakdown or not, using a public platform to say the same things about say, Jennifer Aniston.Amanda Bynes Is Clearly Melting Down, But Is She Also Racist? | Allison Samuels | July 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I might lose my job or my wife and have a nervous breakdown.Readers Weigh In After Newtown Shooting: Why Own a Gun? | Matthew DeLuca | December 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A coward by nature, he had been on the verge of a nervous breakdown before the trial, thinking of what might happen.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
You will understand that I was in a condition of mind bordering upon a nervous breakdown.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
The same types can often be recognised in those who suffer from nervous breakdown.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them | Charles David Musgrove
It is not unlikely that from the strain of the preceding few days a nervous breakdown had resulted.Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
I am afraid, doctor, she said, that the poor man has had a nervous breakdown.Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers | Carleton B. Case
British Dictionary definitions for 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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