The Covid-19 epidemic, which entered our lives in 2019 and still continues to exist, has brought and continues to bring different concepts that we do not know or perhaps have never heard of. One of them is “Cave Syndrome”.
I can hear you saying that this is missing.
The Covid-19 epidemic, which has been in existence for about two years, has caused some changes, perhaps innovations, in our lives. We experienced the anxiety of a disease that we had never heard of before and did not know what its effects might be. Then, non-existent obligations in our lives began: mask, social distance, curfew… While we couldn’t understand what was going on, we started to hear the losses, the effects and symptoms of the disease. Maybe we have suffered losses from our closest relatives, or maybe we have worn ourselves out with the worry if I will be too. Finally, we started to feel that we are getting closer to the old normal with the vaccination and vaccination rate. Again, as in the old days, of course, we started going out, meeting with our loved ones, with certain precautions. However, while the idea of returning to the old days may have been exciting for some, it has become a new cause of anxiety and anxiety for others.
Will it really be the same after all this time, worry, anxiety, maybe even our losses? Will we be able to continue our lives as if nothing had happened?
While we are worried about these questions, according to a study by the American Psychological Association, 48% of the vaccinated adults who participated in the study were worried about returning to social life. According to an article published in the Scientific American Journal of Science, after individuals were told that they could return to their old lives after receiving their second dose of vaccine, it was seen that this news did not make people happy, but rather worried and worried. It has been noticed that even the thought of going back and going out causes anxiety in people.
Despite the end of the bans, the anxiety and anxiety felt about going out, returning to social life and environments is called “Cave Syndrome”. However, “Cave Syndrome” is not a psychiatric diagnosis. It is a definition used to explain the intense anxiety born with the pandemic and the anxiety felt at the point of mixing with the society.
In fact, the post-Covid-19 bans have had some positive results for some. The pandemic has caused many changes in both social life and business life. Working from home, which started with the pandemic, has been perceived as more beneficial and more satisfying for some. There is no compulsory commuting to and from work every morning, the time spent on the road can be used better in different ways, compulsory meetings can be held online, and
maybe not having a thought about what to wear every day and not spending more time on it… Also, not having to worry about what to wear every day. In addition to the business world, the fact that many things, even almost everything, can be accessed and purchased online in private life, is attractive for individuals in terms of comfort. has been. For this reason, the idea of returning to the past can create stress for some that these comfortable conditions may change again as before.
For some, even though they have two doses of vaccines, much more independently than these, it contains the concern that the outside is unsafe, risky and the virus can be transmitted at any time. The possibility of contracting a virus in crowded places and the fear of death that may accompany it can cause people to be more anxious about leaving the house and participating in social environments. Studies and research show that it will not be easy to return to the old normal and it will be very difficult for people to quit their newly acquired habits.
So what should I do if I am experiencing “Cave Syndrome”?
At this point, remember that you must first be patient and that you are not alone. Of course, you may be worried after a long time, maybe after your losses, maybe after suffering from Covid-19 disease and staying at home. Not everyone has to have the same reaction to the same event. While some think about the same event a lot, some may not even dwell on it. This shows that everyone has different temperaments and characters and comes from different experiences, and of course this is normal. The important thing is what we do, what we will do to cope with the situation we face.
First of all, if you think you have a lot of anxiety about going out as you read here, give yourself time and try to do it step by step. Of course, do not force yourself by entering very crowded environments at once, but do not give up by never going out. Take the steps from the easiest to the hardest. Despite all your efforts, your worries do not decrease and you think that you cannot overcome them, you should seek expert support.