Cabin fever

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Cabin fever occurs when a person or a group of people are isolated in a space for a long time. It results in symptoms such as sleepiness, insomnia, paranoia, and the urge to go outside. It is not a disease but can lead to other issues.[1]

Cabin fever is generally a temporary feeling of negativity, irritability, or listlessness due to being confined to a place for long periods. Not everyone ends up getting cabin fever. The feelings arise because you are stuck at home, you cannot go out, and you cannot do your regular stuff.[2] People with more introverted personalities, for example, might be better able to stay busy and entertained when they are cooped up at home. Those who are more extroverted, on the other hand, may struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness to a greater degree.

Symptoms[change | change source]

Cabin fever is a state of mind that can encompass feelings of:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Decreased motivation
  • Difficulty waking
  • Food cravings
  • Frequent napping
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of patience
  • Lethargy
  • Sadness or depression
  • Trouble concentrating


References[change | change source]

  1. "Definition of CABIN FEVER". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  2. "What Is Cabin Fever? Symptoms and Coping". MedicineNet. Retrieved 2021-05-08.