Definition of nervous breakdown in English:

nervous breakdown


  • A period of mental illness resulting from severe depression, stress, or anxiety:

    ‘Joe nearly had a nervous breakdown’
    • ‘Throughout her rollercoaster life, through nervous breakdowns, bulimia, anorexia, and sexual adventures with married men and older women, Amanda has managed to retain an air of bemused naiveté.’
    • ‘Stress call lead to illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, migraines and mental-health, problems like nervous breakdowns and violent outbursts.’
    • ‘He died in a mental hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘At its most extreme, a prolonged period of bullying can lead to nervous breakdowns, depressive illness and, ultimately, suicide.’
    • ‘Patients suffering chronic insomnia are more at risk of diseases such as nervous breakdowns, high blood pressure, heart disease and gastric ulcers.’
    • ‘Later she had a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide, and was committed to a mental hospital.’
    • ‘The attack ruined her life and plunged her into a depression which led to a violent nervous breakdown in 1995.’
    • ‘In 1899 he has a severe nervous breakdown and is confined to a clinic for three months.’
    • ‘Mind related diseases like anxiety, depression, nervous breakdowns and sleeplessness are on the rise.’
    • ‘Laughing and joking around seemed the only remedy they had to combat against stress and nervous breakdowns.’
    • ‘She was already showing signs of depression and in 1943 suffered a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘She started as a hairdresser but after seeing a friend go through a nervous breakdown she became a volunteer on a local mental health helpline.’
    • ‘Many women thought they could give him the security he needed, but his fundamental instability wrecked every relationship, as his life lurched from crisis to crisis, with nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts.’
    • ‘One simply had a nervous breakdown, went catatonic and has never woken up again.’
    • ‘He believes the stress of the battle has brought him close to a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘Bouts of depression, nervous breakdowns and panic attacks are ailments often not talked about especially when hunting for work.’
    • ‘In his thirties he had several nervous breakdowns, and was hospitalised in psychiatric institutions for depression.’
    • ‘For over a year I have been suffering from depression and I had a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘It's a terrible cliche, but his surreal humour was often closely linked with his nervous breakdowns and bouts of depression.’
    • ‘In many ways she didn't survive it, she had a severe nervous breakdown.’
    mental collapse, breakdown, collapse, nervous collapse, nervous exhaustion, nervous tension, period of mental illness, crisis, personal crisis, psychological trauma
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nervous breakdown