ASL sign for: break down (emotion)

Definition: to be so overwhelmed by emotion as to have no control; to be unable to do anything else.

E.g. "The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died."

Sentence example

Gloss: /\IX1 WOMAN/\, POLICE INFORM-ix1, POSS-ix1 SON RECENTLY DIE, IX1 SHOCK MIND-BREAKDOWN.

English equivalent: The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.

Watch closely for gaze-shifting used in this sentence, spatial agreement (subject, object, and verb), non-manual signals (e.g. "CS" mouth morpheme for 'recently'.