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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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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Crossen, "Losing It: Nervous Breakdowns, By Any Name, Aren't What They Used To Be," The Wallstreet Journal, Dec.
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.
His frosty married couples having bitch fights and nervous breakdowns in smart living rooms are often only masks for forces that struggle inside the human psyche--spiritual questions about faith and doubt or psychological torments about identity and reality.