culture-bound syndromes

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Patterns of aberrant behaviour that do not fit easily into standard classifications of mental disorders and are entirely or mainly restricted to particular cultural groups, usually (ethnocentrically) excluding disorders such as anorexia nervosa that are restricted to Western industrial cultures. Also called culture-specific disorders or syndromes. See amok, ataque de nervios, bilis, bouffée délirante, brain fag, brujería, cafard, colera, dhat, espanto, falling out, ghost sickness, hikikomori, hwa-byung, iich'aa, koro, latah, locura, mal de ojo, mal de pelea, mal puesto, nervios, pa-leng, perdida del alma, pibloktoq, qi-gong psychotic reaction, rootwork, saka, sangue dormido, shenjing shuairuo, shen-k'uei, shin-byung, shinkei-shitsu, spell, susto, taijin kyofusho, tripa ida, ufufunyane, uqamairineq, windigo, zar.

Subjects: Psychology.

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