definition of nervous breakdown

an original definition by J. E. Brown

nervous breakdown
  1. An unscientific term, not used by the medical profession.
  2. A catch-all term used by laypersons who don’t understand the differences between sadness, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, and all the other mental conditions. {You’re reading “Definition of Nervous Breakdown” by J. E. Brown.}
  3. A word used for purposes of pathologizing the normal emotional reactions of others.
  4. A term used by gossips in an attempt to paint all mental problems (and bad moods, too) as glamorous mental disorders, so that they’re more fun to talk about.

Street Definition: {You’re reading “Definition of Nervous Breakdown” by J. E. Brown.}

  • Some people think there’s only one kind of mood problem or mental problem, and it’s called “crazy”. They think “nervous breakdown” refers to the moment when “crazy” begins.

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  • folk psychology; gossip; pathologizing.

1st edition 07 May 2017

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