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When mental illness reveals itself on summer vacation

MedExpress Team

Tomasz Kobosz

Published June 27, 2023 12:55

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The vacations are a sensitive period during which the rate of mental disorders increases. Why? We asked Dr. Piotr Wierzbinski, MD, a member of the Polish Psychiatric Association and the International Society of Sports Psychiatry, to explain this phenomenon.

Medexpress: Do psychiatrists observe the phenomenon of disclosure or exacerbation of mental disorders during the vacations? If so, how frequent does this occur and what might be the reasons?

P.W.: Indeed, we are seeing such a phenomenon. In recent years, we have been paying more and more attention to it. Many patients come to consult psychiatrists after vacations because they don't know how to rest. We work too much, are overworked and overly stressed. Many of us treat our vacation as another set bar and want to make the most of this time and rest. And it is impossible to rest by force. Many of the patients say that while on vacation they had a sense of guilt about not working during that time, worried about whether they were sure they were doing the right thing. For many of us, the vacation arranged in our heads wishfully, can become unsuccessful, because something, however, goes wrong on it. And this is the main problem.

Medexpress: Like in the movie "Groundhog Day," where the main character, going on vacation, kept repeating to himself, "At all costs I must rest."

P.W.: And you can't rest out of necessity. You have to prepare for it. I also want t...

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