The Nuance

The Science of Stir Crazy

Why spending time alone drives people nuts

Markham Heid
Elemental
Published in
5 min readJun 20, 2019

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PPeople who have been pent-up indoors with a flu or stranded in a deserted place have an inkling of the restlessness and unease known as “cabin fever,” or “going stir crazy.” Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining had a particularly nasty case — to put it mildly.

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Markham Heid
Elemental

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.