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Question Enfermar de los nervios

I read the following sentence: "¿Te enfermas de los nervios si tu jefe te regaña?" Does this mean "to get nervous"? As in: "Do you get nervous when your boss reprimands you?"??
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Nervous is too mild. Enfermar los nervios is stronger than me hace nervioso. In think in English we can say drives me crazy, or makes me sick, drives me bonkers or any number of other terms a little stronger than
makes me nervous.
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Yes, in BrE you can be sick with nerves.
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Yes, in BrE you can be sick with nerves.
Seriously? I've never heard that said before. Is there a difference in this phrase between Latin American Spanish and Spain-Spanish?
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"Enfermar de los nervios" in Spain I think is literal, i.e. you have a psychological disorder like depression.
El jefe me pone muy nerviosa cuando me regaña.
El jefe me pone de los nervios cuando me regaña (though this expression is sometimes used to mean "irritate").
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"Enfermar de los nervios" in Spain I think is literal, i.e. you have a psychological disorder like depression.
El jefe me pone muy nerviosa cuando me regaña.
El jefe me pone de los nervios cuando me regaña (though this expression is sometimes used to mean "irritate").
Cómo "generalized anxiety disorder" o algo así ?
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I read the following sentence: "¿Te enfermas de los nervios si tu jefe te regaña?" Does this mean "to get nervous"? As in: "Do you get nervous when your boss reprimands you?"??
It's not a fantasy really is it's a really in the ambit labor, I have suffered that kinds to illness in my life for the kind to work that you developed.
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Seriously? I've never heard that said before. Is there a difference in this phrase between Latin American Spanish and Spain-Spanish?
Yes, seriously

If you are very nervous you can say that you're sick with nerves.

Or maybe it was just my mother

(joke)
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Yes, seriously

If you are very nervous you can say that you're sick with nerves.

Or maybe it was just my mother

(joke)
Here in the US, I have heard people say:"sick to my nerves"

Makes me sick to my....stomach/nerves.
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Here in the US, I have heard people say:"sick to my nerves"

Makes me sick to my....stomach/nerves.
Sick to the stomach - yes, I've heard that.

The meaning is more or less the same.
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