Definition of Nervous breakdown

1. Noun. A severe or incapacitating emotional disorder.

Generic synonyms: Breakdown, Crack-up
Specialized synonyms: Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Prostration, Neurasthenia

Definition of Nervous breakdown

1. Noun. An attack of a psychological disorder such as depression or anxiety so severe that it prevents a person from continuing to function normally ¹

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Medical Definition of Nervous breakdown

1. Nonmedical term for an emotional or mental illness; often a euphemism for a psychiatric disorder. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nervous Breakdown

nervonic acid
nervous as a cat
nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
nervous asthenopia
nervous asthma
nervous breakdown (current term)
nervous breakdowns
nervous colon syndrome
nervous disorder
nervous dyspepsia
nervous exhaustion
nervous hit
nervous indigestion
nervous lobe
nervous lobe of hypophysis
nervous part of retina
nervous prostration
nervous strain
nervous system

Literary usage of Nervous breakdown

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mrs. Maybrick's Own Story: My Fifteen Lost Years by Florence Elizabeth Chandler Maybrick (1904)
"The torture of continually enforced silence is known to produce insanity or nervous breakdown more than any other feature connected with prison discipline. ..."

2. Robert Burns and Mrs. Dunlop: Correspondence Now Published in Full for the by Robert Burns (1898)
"... The following new letter to Mrs. Dunlop shows that the nervous breakdown which fell upon him before November was out was preluded by a bad cold. ..."

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