Homesickness vs. Homesick

By Jaxson

  • Homesickness

    Homesickness is the distress caused by being away from home. Its cognitive hallmark is preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to home.In its mild form, homesickness prompts the development of coping skills and motivates healthy attachment behaviors, such as renewing contact with loved ones. Indeed, nearly all people miss something about home when they are away, making homesickness a nearly universal experience. However, intense homesickness can be painful and debilitating.

  • Homesickness (noun)

    The characteristic of being homesick; a strong, sad feeling of missing one’s home (and often left-behind loved ones, such as family and friends) when physically away.

  • Homesick (adjective)

    (with for) missing one’s home and family very much when away; nostalgic

  • Homesickness (noun)

    a feeling of longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it

    “I lived four years in London without a single pang of homesickness”

  • Homesick (adjective)

    experiencing a longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it

    “he was homesick for America after five weeks in Europe”

Oxford Dictionary

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