For all the various issues on mental health and wellbeing out there, nothing is more popular in this pandemic than cabin fever. NTL Group leader Dr. Curtis Cripe shares his take on this behavior today.
Cabin fever is a human condition wherein the people involved are characterized by restlessness and irritability caused by being in a confined space for prolonged periods of time. Have you noticed how frequently you and your spouse, or any other person you are living with at home, seem to argue more often during this pandemic?
If you notice that more behaviors like anger, disdain, and intolerance have taken place at home while everybody is forced to stay indoors, there’s a big chance that you and your loved ones are experiencing cabin fever now.
According to Dr. Curtis Cripe, one theory suggests that the term “cabin fever” originated in the United States as a name to refer to the state of people who displayed a set of common and predictable behavioral patterns while they were forced to stay inside their cabins in the winter season until all the snow thawed. Another theory says that the term is drawn from seafaring ships where passengers had to endure months of slow travel while being confined inside their small cabins below deck.
It seems that the behavior is a result of humans being removed from their comfort zones for too long. Generally, people are social beings and are able to actualize themselves better when in the company of others. The drastic shift from a relatively free and highly social lifestyle to being under uncomfortable limitations and isolation are enough to trigger cabin fever.
Dr. Curtis Cripe advises everyone who has behaved similarly while in their homes during this pandemic not to take things personally not to hold any grudges towards each other. Also, there are various tips online on how to manage this and lessen domestic friction.
Dr. Curtis Cripe, Ph.D., is the director of research and development at the NTL Group, a company that develops neuroengineering diagnostic and treatment programs to address a broad array of neurological dysfunctions. His professional background and academic expertise span several disciplines, including aerospace engineering, software development, bioengineering, addiction recovery, psychophysiology, psychology, and child neurodevelopment. To know more about his work, read this website.