from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A severe or incapacitating emotional disorder, especially when occurring suddenly and marked by depression. Not in scientific use.
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- n. An attack of a psychological disorder such as depression or anxiety so severe that it prevents a person from continuing to function normally
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- n. a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
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And Linnea: She had a broken marriage, two preschool kids parked with Grandma, and a full-blown nervous breakdown over the prospect of her spousal support running out in three years when, by the court’s reckoning, she should have become self-supporting.
“Albert, if you don’t call in the police and get rid of Mr Barber for the Lobbetts this very day I shall have a nervous breakdown or hysterics or something.
Shell-shocked in the blitz – bad nervous breakdown – ordered a country life.
I’m just not sure that I haven’t had my final nervous breakdown and this isn’t all some psychotic-break trip.
As the inevitable consequence of all this she grew up a highly neurotic woman - the flame of life in her brilliant, but ever-flickering and flaring; and that she was herself able to trace much of her debility in after life to having been educated "not wisely but too well" is clear; for after a bad nervous breakdown she wrote, "Too much of schooling hadst thou, poor Ophelia."