End of social distance may cause ‘hut syndrome’ – Sade

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THE routine return before COVID-19 pandemic, a flexibilizao protective measures, the end of isolation or the social distancing can cause in some people a phenomenon that psychologists call “cabin syndrome”.

Despite the name, it is not a disease and is not even considered a mental disorder, but an impairment, a adaptive stress between people who can go through emotional difficulties when having to leave the state of retirement at home and return to face-to-face activities at work, shopping at the store or having to attend a public office, such as an agency of the National Social Security Institute (INSS).

“I have patients who are still very distressed for not having vaccine against COVID and life is returning to work routine “, reports psychologist Clia Fernandes, from Braslia, used to dealing with demands caused by fear and anguish.

The express “cabin syndrome” originated in the early 20th century and served to report the experiences of people who were isolated during periods of snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere and that later had to resume the conviviality. It also affected professional hunters who have gone into the woods in the past and, in the present, it can affect workers who are always away due to their trade, such as those employed on oil platforms.

Out of control

“All kinds of isolation can trigger the syndrome, especially if it is an extended period and is linked to the fear. It is not just the fact that you are at home for long periods, but the feeling that outside there is something unknown that can infect, kill or get sick“, contextualizes Dbora Noal, also a psychologist in Braslia.

Psychologist Ana Carolina de Araujo Cunto, from Rio de Janeiro, explains that the moment of suspended from distance it can be challenging for some people. “This transition from leaving the comfortable, controlled environment to the outside world can sound like a threatening, scary thing. The person may indeed have a hard time resuming these activities and suffering.”

“Leaving as naturally as before. People left the house, they were on the street and ready. Now, no, they have to worry about mscara, have to worry about having the physical distance of people. They can’t touch things. Should wash your hands or pass lcool in gel. Check that they are sitting in a place close to ventilation. We stayed in a constant alertness “, describes Cunto.

For people with hut syndrome, the home is the best place to be, explains the psychologist: “when the outside world becomes threatening, for whatever reasons, the house represents a place of protection. Where I feel good, where I am protected and where I can take control of things. ”

For her, the house represents refuge, comfort, a feeling of protection, care and welcome. “as if there were this stranger out there that I cannot see, that in this case the vrus, what I can’t be sure, if it’s contaminated, ”adds Dbora Noal.

Athens in the resumption

A resumption of activities Can be unproductive at the start. Psychologists advise people to be on the lookout for signs of anxiety, fear and even panic. There may be discomforts such as tachycardia, sweating and difficulty sleeping. Appetite can change, from the loss of hunger to the intake of more food.

Psychologists advise each person to measure their adaptive stress. If the resumption is very difficult, try to remember the strategies you used for other challenges, seek support in leaving home in your “socio-affective network“, formed by family, friends and neighbors, and if you have f, activate spirituality.

A suggestion to leave the house together with someone you trust and that is also prevented against COVID-19. Another tip is to rehearse the exit, starting with a descent to the entrance of the building or the port of the house. Then, at another time, a few steps down the street, and further on, larger strolls to restore confidence.

If this is not enough, psychologists suggest that people seek specialized service in office. “To understand the reactions, how they are and what are the tools that she can use to face”, says Dbora Noal.

“If the person realizes that he is not managing to overcome his difficulties, and that this has become a bigger and paralyzing thing, to the point of not being able to comply with activities outside the home, then he turns on a little light that he needs to look at it with more caution If you are unable to do this yourself, it is recommended that you seek therapy to understand if it has any deeper roots “, adds Ana Carolina Cunto.

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