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What is Ulysses syndrome, which affects migrants

Of course, there are those who want to migrate because they want to, but there are some who are compelled to do so, and as of the end of 2019, in this last item they were more than 79.5 million.

spanish psychiatrist joseba achotegui He noted that many forced migrants were “helpless, scared, unable to move, under a dark picture of stress”, which he described as Ulysses syndrome.

This syndrome, the expert comments, “leaves the migrant at the border once again, but this time”. between mental health and disorder,

what is the migrant duality

It was specified that “migrant grief” is associated with this great change in a person’s life, but it has characteristics that make it special, as it is “partial, recurrent and multiple”.

partial: Because it is not a total loss as happens with one’s death.

Recurrent: Because any travel, communication with a country or simply viewing a photo on Instagram can be re-opened.

Multiple: Because it is not the only thing that is lost, but a lot more.

In addition, there are various losses, and the most obvious is usually the loss of family and loved ones, although there is also a loss of social status.

Another grief the migrant goes through is the loss of land, such as the disappearance of mountainous landscapes or sun-filled days.

Language duality is added, which will strengthen to the extent that one migrates to the country with another language.

Finally, there is a loss of cultural codes, which can mean something as simple as not sharing a partner with someone.

And, connected with this, and as a final duality, is the loss of contact with the group to which we belong, with whom we can speak in the same code, our ways and ways of looking at life. Will understand

Ulysses syndrome occurs when, in addition to going through these seven common dualities for a migrant, “it is done in difficult circumstances”, analyzes the Spanish psychiatrist.

“When there are difficulties or the individual is rejected in the host society, this syndrome may occur”, it pointed out.

This equates to moving to a new country with a stable job, not with anything firm; They have an assured roof and food whether or not to enter with a visa or with a legal status to define. Having or not having certain conditions adds to the points and stress.

“The rejection that can have the most impact is not having papers or not being able to access certain resources,” the psychologist says. At the same time, Achotegui explains that this condition means migrants can’t move and generates stress and survival problems, another trigger.

Not having people around us to support us, not only material (where to live, eat, sleep), but also emotional, can be added to the cocktail.

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