Definition of nervous breakdown in US English:

nervous breakdown

noun

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

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

nervous breakdown

/ˈˌnərvəs ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn//ˈˌnərvəs ˈbrākˌdoun/