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A culture-bound syndrome found in Peru and other parts of Latin America and among Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and elsewhere, in which, following a frightening experience (sometimes weeks, months, or even years later), the soul is believed to have departed the body, resulting in symptoms such as psychomotor agitation, anorexia, insomnia or hypersomnia, nightmares (1), and depressed mood, together with somatic complaints such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, and diarrhoea. It is also called espanto (fright, terror), tripa ida (departing gut), perdida del alma (departure of the soul), or fallen fontanel syndrome. [Spanish susto fright or scare]

Subjects: Psychology.


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