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Dromomania

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Dromomania

(Science: psychiatry) An uncontrollable impulse to wander or travel.

Origin: g. Dromos, a running, _ mania, insanity

dromomania, also called traveling fugue, is a psychological condition in

which the individual feels an uncontrollable impulse or desire to wander or

travel. People suffering this condition spontaneously travel long distances and

personify different identities and occupations. Months may pass after the trip

before they are able to return to their previous identities. The most famous case

was that of Jean-Albert Dadas. He would suddenly start traveling, on foot, and

go to very far distances with no recollection of his travels. Only a handful of

cases were ever documented, nearly all in France in the late nineteenth century.