Definition of nervous breakdown noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


nervous breakdown

BrE BrE//ˌnɜːvəs ˈbreɪkdaʊn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnɜːrvəs ˈbreɪkdaʊn//
(also breakdown) Mental and emotional problems
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a period of mental illness in which somebody becomes very depressed, anxious and tired, and cannot deal with normal life to have a nervous breakdown The stress of her job had brought her to the brink of a nervous breakdown. See related entries: Mental and emotional problems
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