Also, the term implied that the acute mental disorder was occurring in relation to environmental stress (such as may occur at work, at school, within interpersonal relationships, or as a result of a catastrophic event). This concept encompassed a broad range of specific psychiatric conditions - including depressive episodes, manic episodes, psychotic episodes, panic attacks, adjustment disorders, acute stress disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Although, colloquially, people may still refer to a "nervous breakdown," it is more helpful to define specifically the type of acute psychiatric disturbance. That being said, those who consider themselves suffering from a "nervous breakdown" are likely to be in significant distress, and are also likely to have some form of acute mental disorder. Therefore, these individuals should see a physician as soon as possible.