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nervous breakdown


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A nonmedical term applied to a range of emotional crises varying from a brief attack of ‘hysterical’ behaviour to a major mental illness. The term is also sometimes used as a euphemism for a frank psychiatric illness, such as schizophrenia.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.


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