Some 25 syndromes and their effects have been detailed by the seven-strong editorial team under Lorna Gilmour, the managing editor of Collins English Dictionaries. They are, says Ms Gilmour, a 90s phenomenon and the next Collins Dictionary will contain a number of them.
Gulf war syndrome, suffered by those who took part in the conflict, is definitely in the next edition, as is Jerusalem syndrome - "a delusive condition affecting some visitors to Jerusalem, in which the sufferer identifies with a major figure from his or her religious background".
Those of a more temporal persuasion risk the double whammy of Affluenza - "a feeling of guilt experienced by someone who is earning a lot of money", and the even more painful Fat Docket syndrome - "sciatic pain caused by sitting on thick wallets".
It could be worse. You might have given up the pursuit of wealth for a healthier lifestyle. Beware Pedal Pusher's Palsy - "a condition caused by overuse of exercise bicycles with wide seats and high handlebars, requiring a position which causes pressure on the sciatic nerve".
Workers made redundant can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not fall prey to Survivors' syndrome - "a chronic insecurity felt by employees who have escaped 'downsizing', causing apathy and a lack of trust in their company".
Curiously, the one syndrome that did make headlines this year, "Paradise syndrome" - a feeling that things are going so well you must become ill and die, which the pop singer Dave Stewart claimed to have - has not registered with the Collins researchers. "That's a new one on us," said Lorna Gilmour. Perhaps her staff should read the papers more thoroughly, or they may not last long enough to suffer Survivors' syndrome.Reuse content