Ulysses Syndrome: in distant lands
In recent years, the number of people that has left their countries in search of career opportunities has increased due to changes in global economies.
Many of them have perceived this situation as the only way out, completely new to them and their environment.
The phenomenon of migration is not new. Throughout history mankind has lived processes of migratory flows particularly intense for various reasons which have shaped our evolutionary process and have demonstrated our tremendous capacity to adapt.
The experience of emigration, like any major life change, produces a high level of stress in the individual who is not always able to handle it properly. Separation from the loved ones (with guilt for having abandoned them), the feelings of rootlessness, loss of their own identity, “being nobody”, failing to find the right place, feelings of sadness, loneliness, longing, among others ... All these together sometimes make the person to be absorbed in an emotional storm leading to a profound emptiness and if it persists over time it causes various psychosomatic disorders called Ulysses syndrome.
Conditions and motivations that make each person to decide or force them to leave the place of origin are different. Some people do it in extreme conditions and thus their difficulties are greater, but the intensity resulting from the experience is completely individual.
Mood swings, tension, irritability, guilt, crying, stomach ache, lack or excess of appetite, headache are some of symptoms of Ulysses syndrome.
This syndrome like many other disorders emotionally originated, is not considered significant mainly due to ignorance. In the majority of cases the environment is not sensitive enough to understand the person-situation and adds an additional motional burden of guilt to those who suffers by reproaching his or her attitude in view of the new situation. It would be ideal to understand that the person is suffering and should be gradually helped to develop his or her grief and to recognize that he or she is still the same person.
Family life suffers the effects of these situations, members usually keep different paces in their adaptability, sometimes some of them remain in the “past” while others have already joined the “new world” or even some live between the “two” worlds, thinking that to open the “new world” door represents to leave the past behind and let it go therefore. The key to harmony and adaptation of everyone is that family members show respect to each individual pace with love and patience. Our mind controls our feelings and for that reason it is good to order it to remember that the essence of every human being is the same wherever he or she is.
Tags: Mind and body