nervous breakdown

noun

Definition of nervous breakdown

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

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Synonyms for nervous breakdown

Synonyms

breakdown, crack-up, tailspin

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Examples of nervous breakdown in a Sentence

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

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An overworked Cherry suffered a near-nervous breakdown. Los Angeles Times, "‘Desperate Housewives’ gossip created ‘problems’ on set, but creator Marc Cherry says he’s better for it," 14 Aug. 2019 Maddox was a feral hyena who desperately missed his siblings, and Leka was in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Old Dog," 14 Aug. 2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 PG Can the family dog have a nervous breakdown? Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘The Lion King’ leads in box office," 24 July 2019 Cheryl Slavin, 41, began taking clomipramine a decade ago, after she was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown stemming from her struggles with OCD and bipolar disorder. Ben Elginbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Price of an OCD drug jumped 1,200%. State attorneys general blame price fixing," 2 Aug. 2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 PG Can the family dog have a nervous breakdown? Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘The Lion King’ leads in box office," 24 July 2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 PG Can the family dog have a nervous breakdown? Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘The Lion King’ leads in box office," 24 July 2019 Oh, yes, that is me -- 500 days, 500 days since the media's nervous breakdown began. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The first 500 days of President Trump," 10 June 2018 The Secret Life of Pets 2 PG Can the family dog have a nervous breakdown? Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ open Friday," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of nervous breakdown

1870, in the meaning defined above

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27 Aug 2019

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The first known use of nervous breakdown was in 1870

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nervous breakdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nervous breakdown

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

nervous breakdown

noun

Medical Definition of nervous breakdown

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

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