nervous breakdown

Nonmedical term for an emotional or mental illness; often a euphemism for a psychiatric disorder.

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nervous breakdown n an attack of mental or emotional disorder esp. when of sufficient severity to require hospitalization

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a popular term applied to a range of emotional crises varying from a brief attack of 'hysterical' behaviour to a major psychoneurotic illness with severe long-term effects on the life of the sufferer. The term is also sometimes used as a euphemism for a frank psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia.

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a nonspecific, popular name for any type of mental disorder that interferes with the affected individual's normal activities, often implying a severe episode with sudden onset.

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