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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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'What was worse was my mother had a nervous breakdown. She was sleeping for one year and we incurred a lot of debts, but when she finally recovered, she had to look for the money to send us to schools,' he said.
Super-successful singer/actress Jennifer Lopez has told the press she suffered a nervous breakdown - not when she was giving birth to twins, or even training for a triathlon at the same time as she learned to become a new mum.
It's been a while since the label "nervous breakdown" was commonly used, and despite J-Lo bringing it back to our attention, Jane says there's still a stigma related to the symptoms as "having a nervous breakdown" is not actually a clinical term.
"A nervous breakdown is where the body and mind just shut down - it's the body's way of coping with things by just stopping.
"We can confuse a nervous breakdown with depression because it is often linked to depression, but they both run hand in hand.
Hayley Bullock was admitted to the Main House in Northfield, Birmingham, after suffering a nervous breakdown.
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.
(28.) Cynthia Crossen, "Losing It: Nervous Breakdowns, By Any Name, Aren't What They Used To Be," The Wallstreet Journal, Dec.
The rise, evolution and ambiguous decline of the nervous breakdown in the United States open an interesting window on pervasive anxieties.
Popular music paid heed, as in a 1937 recording of "Rehearsin' for a nervous breakdown" by John Kirby's band or a later Rolling Stones number about the "19th nervous breakdown".
Actor William Murray - a star of the ITV police drama The Bill - and his wife Elaine came close to nervous breakdowns because of worry over their troubled 14-year-old daughter, a court heard yesterday.
Like opera itself, the novel is outsized and outrageous, with evil curses, nervous breakdowns, and overwhelming arias.