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The College of Psychologists of Madrid warns of some disorders or symptoms derived from the action of traveling abroad, although none of these syndromes implies seriousness, it is worth noting the importance of taking them into account. Below we detail some of these:

Reverse Culture Shock:
It is not exactly a syndrome, but an adaptation process for people who spent a long time in another country and return to settle in their place of origin. It is mainly due to the changes that the traveler experienced on a personal level during his stay abroad, according to Yale University; in that period of time he established routines, lived significant moments, created a circle of friends and is well adapted to a different culture. As a result, their "home" no longer feels like home.
The person going through this process may begin to judge his or her own country harshly, feel out of place, suffer from depression, fatigue, sleep problems, apathy or irritability.
The process may take months or even years, it all depends on the person and his or her efforts to adapt again.

Stendhal Syndrome:
It is a psychosomatic disorder that occurs when a person is exposed to many works of great beauty concentrated in one place, or connects emotionally in a very deep way with a particular piece of art. Symptoms include tachycardia, dizziness, disorientation, fainting and confusion, states the website Mental Floss.

Paris Syndrome (in French, Syndrome de Paris, in Japanese, (Pari shōkōgun):
A transient psychological disorder found in some individuals visiting Paris on vacation as a result of extreme shock stemming from their discovery that Paris is not what they expected it to be. It is characterized by a number of psychiatric symptoms such as acute disillusionment, hallucinations, feelings of persecution (the perception of being the victim of some harm, aggression or hostility from others), derealization, depersonalization, anxiety, and also psychosomatic manifestations such as dizziness, tachycardia, increased sweating and other symptoms.