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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Georgi was given a diagnosis of uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients have no underlying physical or neurological disease, but they seem to have lost the will to live. The Swedish refer to them as de apatiska, the apathetic. “I think it is a form of protection, this coma they are in,” Hultcrantz said. “They are like Snow White. They just fall away from the world.”

The following New Yorker Article describes a zombie like syndrome that comes upon refugees facing deportation that is called in Swedish "Uppgivenhetssyndrom" or "Resignation Syndrome."