brain fag

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A culture-bound syndrome originally reported among English-speaking school and university students in West Africa, who attributed it to overwork, characterized by loss of ability to concentrate, learn, remember, or think, usually accompanied by sensations of pain, pressure, or tightness around the head or neck and blurred vision. [From fag in the sense of being fagged out or exhausted, perhaps from flag to droop]

Subjects: Psychology.

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