When 'nostalgia' is an illness

Displacement from one's country of birth can trigger profound and long term psychiatric problems

"Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death."

— Witter Bynner 1881-1968


Tanya* was a 21-year-old medical student when she and her fiancé Jan* fled their home country behind the Iron Curtain in 1967.

After a year of whirlwind bureaucratic activity the couple arrived in Australia, keenly looking forward to their new life. They took lessons in English and were happy to take on

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