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What is happening in the brain of someone who is suffering a nervous breakdown?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
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In brief: Not useful term

There is no medical condition called a "nervous breakdown" people use this term for everything from panic attacks to psychosis, and major depression.
The brain effects and prognosis is vastly different with each of these as well as the treatment. Any severe mental illness will impair a person's ability to function- this is commonly called a breakdown. Focus on recovery, not labels.

In brief: Not useful term

There is no medical condition called a "nervous breakdown" people use this term for everything from panic attacks to psychosis, and major depression.
The brain effects and prognosis is vastly different with each of these as well as the treatment. Any severe mental illness will impair a person's ability to function- this is commonly called a breakdown. Focus on recovery, not labels.
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