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qi-gong psychotic reaction


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A culture-bound syndrome included in CCMD-2 (the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, 2nd ed.), restricted mainly to Chinese communities in southern and eastern Asia and elsewhere, the onset invariably following participation in qi-gong, a system of meditational exercises involving deep breathing believed to promote physical and spiritual well-being, characterized by a time-limited period of paranoid ideation, dissociation, and psychotic (1) signs and symptoms. [From Chinese qi-gong exercise of vital energy, from qi energy + gong skill or exercise]

Subjects: Psychology.


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