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nervous breakdown

noun

: a sudden failure of mental health that makes someone unable to live normally

Full Definition of NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

:  an attack of mental or emotional disorder especially when of sufficient severity to require hospitalization

Examples of NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

  1. She had a nervous breakdown shortly after her sister's death.
  2. He is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

First Known Use of NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

1905

nervous breakdown

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

:  an attack of mental or emotional disorder especially when of sufficient severity to require hospitalization

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