It's a term used to describe the feeling after you've relocated somewhere else, whether it be from a move to another city/country, a change in jobs to somewhere else, or a shift in lifestyle. I was wondering if there's a single word to describe the emotion some feel when experiencing relocation depression. When I finished my Bachelor's I felt a small sense of it, but I could not come up with the words to describe it, other than this term I found online.

Is there a single word that could describe the emotion felt when under "relocation depression"?

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    Mm.. homesickness?
    – Færd
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 3:44
  • Homesickness implies distress when away from home. But when your home has moved, and there's still this lingering sadness over changing, it's not really homesickness I'd say.
    – yuritsuki
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 4:03
  • How about retrospection? "A survey of past or recent experiences."
    – Tim7823
    Commented Jan 10, 2016 at 17:04
  • Nostalgia seems pretty close. Commented May 23, 2020 at 15:17
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    I would say "homesickness" also. I think it is applicable, but you have viewed the problem from the new location rather than the leaving of home. You are sad about being where you are rather than where you were.
    – Greybeard
    Commented May 23, 2020 at 16:42

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Relocation depression could be caused by many factors, i.e. trying to adjust yourself to new environment, fear of interacting with strangers and pressure to prove yourself to them, etc.

Relocation depression could be called Anxiety, more specifically Stranger Anxiety or Social Anxiety.

Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat;[4] whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, uneasiness, and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing...

Anxiety during social interactions, particularly between strangers, is common among young people. It may persist into adulthood and become social anxiety or social phobia. Stranger anxiety in small children is not considered a phobia. In adults, an excessive fear of other people is not a developmentally common stage; it is called social anxiety. According to Cutting, social phobics do not fear the crowd but the fact that they may be judged negatively.

[Source: Wikipedia article on anxiety]


Culture shock - the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.

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    you may want to visit the site's help center to read about how to provide "good" answers. Notably, it's customary to include sources for definitions, word origins, grammar rules, etc. Commented May 23, 2020 at 15:00
  • When I returned to the country where I was born after living for many, many years in another country and even taking dual citizenship, I used to speak of reverse culture shock. Commented May 23, 2020 at 15:01

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