Meaning of “nervous breakdown” in the English Dictionary

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"nervous breakdown" in British English

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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:

(Definition of “nervous breakdown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nervous breakdown" in American English

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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)