Many companies or people in Europe are in a breakdown at the moment, either on a professionnal or private basis. A breakdown is a situation in which you realize you cannot continue like before, and you can´t go foreward as you had planned. It is a huge obstacle on the way to where you were going and it is a stiuation that you can´t ignore and need to pay attention to. Breakdowns occur regularly in our lives, whether we like it or not.
A breakdown doesn´t necessarily have to be negative. It can be meaningful for an indivicual but it is huge to deal with. An example would be a promotion in your company or a change in career: for example that you have left the environment of a multinational corporation and want to set up your own business.