nervous breakdown


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nervous breakdown

any mental illness not primarily of organic origin, in which the patient ceases to function properly, often accompanied by severely impaired concentration, anxiety, insomnia, and lack of self-esteem; used esp of episodes of depression
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The most interesting feature of the nervous breakdown concept, if not at its origins at least quite soon, involves its decidedly ambivalent relationship to professional medicine and psychology.
I suffered a nervous breakdown a few years ago, due to stress and depression brought on by work and personal problems.
And most of it is acted on the teetering precipice of a nervous breakdown.
Former mental health patient Noel Taylor, aged 44, of Longfield House, Bell Green Road, Courthouse Green, has just published One to Free, a novel about a man who suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to go on the run after a series of disastrous events.
A man who had a nervous breakdown drove his car while three times over the drink-drive limit, Newcastle magistrates heard.
I ALMOST HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN before this trip even started.
1953: Actress Vivien Leigh flew home to England from Hollywood after suffering from an apparent nervous breakdown.
Their romance began after the singer suffered a nervous breakdown.
Robert, 32, suffered a nervous breakdown and found himself living on the streets, taking drugs.
A teacher was left on the verge of a nervous breakdown after she was bullied and harassed by a former England rugby international turned headmaster, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.