Dealing With Post-Exchange Depression
Just like going to the exchange, the return may be something that moves your feelings a lot, but in a not so positive way. Informally, many call this post-exchange depression feeling, something that can affect the lives of anyone who has spent time living outside the country and then returned to their home country. In this post, we will talk a little bit about the responsibility of dealing with post-exchange depression. Check it out!
Before traveling to the interchange, we stayed a few sleepless nights because of anxiety, and in the circle of friends, we only talked about our expectations and plans. The rush is huge and there are many decisions to be made, occupying our thoughts completely.
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As soon as we reach the destination, it is common to miss home, to miss our room, the food of the mother, friends. This is due to the difficulties of adapting to the new environment.
But as the days go by, the experience outside the country becomes enormous joy, because many new things happen, many achievements and goals are achieved. We adapt to the customs and culture of the new place, and we become part of what happens. We create ties.
But when the experience is coming to an end, we are taken by a mix of homesickness and also the experience we accumulate. How do we leave a place that has become part of our story, that has awakened us new skills and new feelings?
So when we enter the house, it seems like nothing fits. The days go by and strangely we can’t adapt to the environment that has always been ours.
If you have ever felt or feet this, know that you are not alone and that feeling is much more common than you think. It has even been studied by the neuropsychiatrist Décio Nakagawa and has gained a name: return syndrome.
The disease has classic signs such as stress, deep sadness, melancholy, anxiety, excessive preoccupation with the future, social isolation and in some cases more severe, panic syndrome.
To get an idea, you have to understand that a person who decides to make an exchange can take from 6 months to 1 year to adapt to this new international routine. Back in the country of origin, the lack of enchantment, of new things, forces a readaptation that can last up to 2 years.
To get rid of the return syndrome, in addition to seeking professional help, it is important to re-establish bonding with friends, to get along with the family and to talk about feelings. It’s not good to face such a situation alone.
A healthy way to deal with all this is to tell about the experiences you had during the exchange, share what you learned, share what happened. Join forums, post your pictures, create a blog.
Remember that dealing with post-exchange depression is important and that the main purpose of the exchange is to bring benefits to those who do. So focus on the positive side of the experience and seek to overcome any situation that bothers you or prevents you from enjoying all the achievements and new skills you have acquired.