A person in prison ("stir") may suffer psychological deterioration. It shares features with cabin fever.

Possible origin of "stir": sturrabin or sturbin


Risk factors for mental deterioration:

(1) solitary confinement

(2) high stress (threats from other prisoners, other)

(3) pre-existing mental illness

(4) despair

(5) boredom and lack of adequate stimulation

(6) seasonal affective disorder


Clinical features:

(1) agitation

(2) irritability

(3) irrational behavior

(4) paranoia

(5) sleep disturbances

(6) anxiety or depression

(7) emotional distress

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