After May sets in, Japanese people start to say like the following things. “I might be Gogatsu-byou” or “S/he is Gogatsu-byou”. People talk about Gogatsu-byou frequently in May.
Gogatsu-byou (五月病 in Kanji, ごがつびょう in Hiragana) is the depression that afflicts incoming students and employees during the first few months of new life. It is like neurotic situation which happens in May. Gogatsu means May and Byou means sick in English.
People who are serious, methodical, introverted, nervous and bashful tend to become Gogatu-byou.
Symptoms of Gogatsu-byou are for instance, you are unwilling to do something, become irritated, depressed, get tired of doing something and feeling tense in spiritual aspects. Moreover, you are easy to get tired, cannot get up in the morning, feel giddy, headache, palpitations in bodily aspects.
Gogatu-byou, its name is not a medical term and not used in hospital. Instead of Gogatsu-byou, people who have Gogatsu-byou are diagnosed as an adjustment disorder medically.
It is sometimes hard to adapt one to the new surroundings. Gogatsu-byou happens not only in May but also any time in a year, actually.
I remember I was pretty Gogatsu-byou in my school life when long vacation just like summer and winter vacations were getting to end. I feel I don’t want to go to school or work after holidays. I used to spend end of vacations with finishing homework.
Be careful, Japanese people who have been in long Golden week!
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