DROMOMANIA, also fugue state or psychogenic fugue, is a dissociative disorder and a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia. It is based on an uncontrollable psychological urge to wander. People with this condition spontaneously depart from their routine, travel long distances, might take up different identities + occupations. It does imply a psychological compulsion, usually on one's own and often without one's conscious knowledge, rather than a more generalised desire to travel. A famous case was Jean-Albert Dadas, a Bordeaux gas-fitter, who would suddenly set out on foot and reach cities as far away as Prague, Vienna or Moscow with no memory of his travels. Jean-Martin Charcot defined the "automatisme ambulatoire". The term here is used to describe people who have a strong emotional or even physical need to be constantly traveling and experiencing new places. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) it is a facet of dissociative amnesia. It might be referred to also as PORIOMANIA, impulsive, aimless wandering, from ancient Greek πορεία (journey) + μανία.
Romina Ciuffa, born under the air sign of Gemini, makes writing, journalism, reportages, poetry, music, songwriting, non-fiction, aphorisms, publications, fiction, tales thesis, rhetoric, videos, photography, with no limit. She writes with both right and left hands, even simultaneously and specularly, since she was 3. She thinks in writing. Her book of choice is "Exercices de style" by Raymond Queneau. Graduated in Law, Political Science and Psychology, she is a lawyer, a journalist, a psychologist. As of today she has lived in Rome, Milan, Barcelona, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and visited a large part of the world by instinct, no tourist tools or guides. She attends favelas and prisons. She does not sleep on sofas. She does not sleep at all. She has plenty of houses, a backpack, a diesel car, a helicopter, an airplane, a drone. She is a licensed pilot on fixed and a rotary wing. Solitary traveler, she does not dwell: she lives.
HER PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS: PORIOMANIA.