Why is the term Nervous breakdown no longer used anymore?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for an excellent question.

    Nerves do not "breakdown".  And so a Nervous Breakdown is far too vague a term to apply when someone needs psychiatric hospitalization.  We need to be as specific about the nature of the disease as we are about medical issues.

    And so when someone is admitted to a medical hospital, people ask what happened?  They need to know what is wrong.  An accident?  Surgery?  Cancer?  Serious infections?

    Its the same with psychiatric illness.  We need to be more specific and more accepting of what hospitalizes people.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Because you are not in Elementary anymore

  • 3 weeks ago

    Because mainstream medicine has improved. There are specific diagnostic terms now, "nervous breakdown" is too vague to be used.

  • y
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    We change words that develop negative associations, so people do not feel bad or judged.

    We make up titles in the workplace so people can feel special. We make up the new buzz words every so often so some can feel like they are on top of it, they are the in crowd, whatever.

    Language changes for multiple reason, it's foolish.

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    With advances in mental health, what used to be a nervous breakdown still is the same as what that terminology implies. The nerves are connected to the brain and the spine. Now, with stronger pharmaceuticals, doctors can calm the nerves, but still can't stop the madness.

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