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Can a breakup cause a nervous breakdown?

I am a 28 year old female. I want to know if a breakup can cause a nervous breakdown?

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A " breakdown" implies that you are having an emotional reaction that is incapacitating. There is a good chance that break up is an important factor. You should have the opportunity to explore this issue in psychotherapy.
When there is a disruption in an important relationship, an emotional response is to be expected. The degree of that response will differ from one person to the next. For one person it may temporarily cause depression, anxiety, low motivation, loss of appetite, etc. For another individual, they may experience similar symptoms but in addition, they may find it hard to function in their usual daily activities. In either case, it is important to reach out to others in your support system or possibly a professional counselor.
I'm not sure what you mean by "nervous breakdown," but there is no question a break up can be very upsetting, especially if it's unexpected, or you feel very rejected or at sea. It could make it hard to function for a while. If that got to the point that you couldn't work or fulfill your daily responsibilities, you should seek professional help.
Yes any stress can lead to the onset of psychiatric symptoms
Of course, any change, even good events like promotion at work, can cause stress. The stress if not managed in a timely fashion can lead to what is called, "nervous breakdown." The problem with such a broad term is that the term may mean any number of psychiatric conditions ranging from anxiety to psychosis. The response to any life-changing event varies from person to person.
Yes a break up can and has caused a Nervous Breakdown. There are a lot of factors that may play out here and they range from the personalities of both parties involved, their vulnerability, pre-existing mental health issues(such as depression and anxiety), the degree of investment in the relationship, the relationship itself and the amount of support(usually emotional)available to the person involved. For example if you are heavily vested in the relationship emotionally(and even financially).
A breakup is always extremely difficult and some persons who may have risk factors such as anxiety, depression or any other preexisting psychological condition may be more susceptible than persons with no preexisting conditions to have a nervous breakdown.