nervous prostration


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Noun1.nervous prostration - an emotional disorder that leaves you exhausted and unable to work
nervous breakdown - a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
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I had found my way to the free public library, and was reading myself into nervous prostration.
Rook's hard brain; he's in a state of nervous prostration, which may end badly.
The next mention, some days hence, will be to the effect that he is suffering from nervous prostration and has been given a vacation by his grateful flock.