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The Science of Stir Crazy

Why spending time alone drives people nuts

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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

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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