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Afraid to leave home and adjust to the new life after the corona? You're not alone. "Cave Syndrome", Hikikomori or Agrophobia - the new phenomenon of anxiety that is spreading in the world



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"Cave Syndrome": The mental phenomenon that has expanded under the auspices of the corona

Many are just waiting for the world to return to its familiar normalcy, but for many others the world has changed in a way that is difficult for them to adapt to.

The numbers show that more and more people are afraid to leave home and face the new world and this phenomenon has a new name

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The corona plague is far from over, but some parts of the world have begun to "open up" again after about 15 months of social alienation.

This change is welcomed by most people, but the idea of ​​re-entering the world - for all its social complexity and potential dangers - fills others with horror.



Several different reports and surveys from around the world have shown that in the past year a surprisingly high proportion of people suffer from what is known as "cave syndrome", a non-medical diagnosis used to describe fear or dread of going out into the world after over a year of social distance.

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One of the latest reports from the American Psychological Association published in March 2021 found that 49 percent of people surveyed reported feeling uncomfortable adapting to personal interaction once the plague ended.

This statement was especially strong among black and Hispanic people.

And if that wasn’t enough, 46 percent of people said they don’t feel comfortable going back to living life like they did before the plague.

Afraid to return to reality.

Woman in isolation (Photo: ShutterStock)

Professor Stephen Taylor, a psychiatrist from the University of British Columbia in Canada, wrote an article in May 2020 that predicted the rise in anxiety following COVID-19.

He estimated that the epidemic would see an increase in hikikomori, a well-known phenomenon in Japan, similar to agoraphobia (derived from the Japanese words hiki "retreat" and komori "to be inside"), in which people barely leave their homes and practice extreme social isolation.



Professor Taylor also explained how the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2004 caused a massive increase in people suffering from symptoms of PTSD, when a four-year follow-up study among 70 SARS survivors found that 44 percent of them developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Surprisingly, the fear was not necessarily born out of health concerns, but rather the epidemic also seems to have deepened anxiety-related disorders that exist and can lead to behaviors like agoraphobia.



A number of recent studies - more than a year after the onset of the corona - have shown how much the mental health of citizens of different countries around the world has been affected during the first year of the corona epidemic. One study found that more than 27 percent of participants reported a level of mental distress that was considered clinically significant at the end of April 2020, compared to at least 19 percent of people who testified to it before the plague began. This period also saw an increase in employment insecurity, which widened socio-economic disparities and reduced access to health - all of these factors that took their toll on the mental health of many citizens.



It is important to remember that if you suffer from anxiety, whether social or not, it is advisable to seek help to improve your quality of life and get back to routine.

Be patient with yourself and less critical, and most importantly - allow yourself to mourn the past year and accept that the new normal is different from what we are used to.

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