Homesickness for a place to which you cannot return, a deep longing, nostalgia and a feeling of incompleteness. How well adoptees understand and know this feeling.
The title of this post was inspired by that of an article published in 2013 in BBC News Magazine, The adults who suffer extreme homesickness, which describes the struggles adults have coping with homesickness. Spanish footballer Jesus Navas, for instance, suffered from homesickness so severe it induced panic attacks that kept him away from training camps and pre-season tours. It is said he has overcome his homesickness through counselling.
I found the article while searching for “homesickness, depression & suicide”. I was led to search on this subject because when you belong to an adoption group you cannot avoid the subject of suicide and while reading the study according to which adopted offspring are nearly 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than nonadopted offspring, I recalled the story of The Little Prince and the word hiraeth.
The Little Prince is one of my favorite books. Little Prince…
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