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nervous breakdownnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌnɜː.vəs ˈbreɪk.daʊn/ us   /ˌnɝː.vəs ˈbreɪk.daʊn/
a period of mental illness, usually without a physical cause, that results in anxiety, difficulty in sleeping and thinking clearly, a loss of confidence and hope, and a feeling of great sadness: He suffered a nervous breakdown in his twenties.
(Definition of nervous breakdown from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nervous breakdownnoun [C]

us   /ˈnɜr·vəs ˈbreɪkˌdɑʊn/
an illness that causes a person to suffer from anxiety and to have difficulty living and working as usual
(Definition of nervous breakdown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nervous breakdown”
in Chinese (Simplified) 神经失常, 神经衰弱…
in Turkish sinir krizi…
in Russian нервный срыв…
in Chinese (Traditional) 神經失常, 神經衰弱…
in Polish załamanie nerwowe…
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