Category: W3 Activity

Baridi in Tanzania

Baridi is an illness in Tanzania referring to emotional coldness of the sick individual due to “disrespect and/or disobedience to their parents or neglect of close family member” (Juntunen, 2005).  Basically, it is caused by bad behavior as viewed by…

Hwa-Byung Among Korean Immigrant Women

Hwa-Byung is a culture-bound syndrome that is found in 4% to 11.9% of women of Korean decent. The condition was initially named the anger syndrome and was based on women’s depression like symptoms. It is predominant among women of Korean…

Obesity in United States

Mild to moderate obesity has gained the term of a culture bound syndrome in the United States. The article describes how our culture in the United States has developed this disease over time. The article also discusses possible treatments for…

TAIJIN-KYOFU-SHO

Taijin-kyofu-sho (TKS) is a form of social anxiety that is specific to the East Asian culture. East Asians diagnosed with this syndrome fear interpersonal interactions and therefore avoid social interactions. The syndrome is classified in Appendix A of the DSM-IV….

Dhat Syndrome in India

Dhat is the condition of semen-loss anxiety and was a predominant culture-bound syndrome in India and also has been reported in Sri Lanka.  Dhat has been termed as an “exotic neurosis of the Orient.”  The symptoms of the semen-loss anxiety…

Hwa-Byung in North Korea

The actual meaning of Hwa-Byung is “anger disease”, and it is a cultural bound syndrome that is related to anger within Korea. This is thought of as chronic anger that has been suppressed over a period of time. It is…

Debilidad within Andean Peasants

The culture-bound syndrome, debilidad, manifests with a generalized debility, and a physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion that mainly affects older Andean peasant women chronically, and most frequently, post-reproductive women.  In this study, one woman in every three households reported having…

Taijin Kyofuso in the East

Though it is similar to the anxiety experienced all over the world, I think that Taijin Kyofuso is a culture-bound syndrome because it is different than anxiety experienced in western civilizations. Anxiety, in my opinion is very dependent on culture….

Koro in China

Koro is an acute anxiety disorder in which the individual has a partial depersonalization including the shrinking of either he or she’s genitals. This syndrome is connected with the malay meaning of Koro which is the head of a turtle,…

Koro in China

Koro is an acute anxiety disorder in which the individual has a partial depersonalization including the shrinking of either he or she’s genitals. This syndrome is connected with the malay meaning of Koro which is the head of a turtle,…