Category: W3 Activity

Ghost Sicknesses Among American Indians

“All illness is an illness of the spirit that manifests of the spirit in the body, mind, emotions and we all carry within our souls the capacity to heal ourselves.”(2) This explanation is primarily how the American Indians and Alaska…

Brain Fag in Africa

Brain Fag Syndrome is a Culture Bound Syndrome that was defined in 1994 in the DSM-IV, and is seen among the African culture. Brain Fag symptoms include somatic complaints, cognitive impairments, sleep related complaints, and other somatic impairments. The somatic…

Hwabyeong in Korea

Hwabyeong is considered a mental illness prominent in Korea, believed to be a result of people being unable to confront their anger, specifically when anger is being repressed or built up from an unfair circumstance.  Literally meaning, “fire disease”, this…

Bulimia in United States

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which the individual binges on food until they feel a loss of control and then they purge themselves by either vomiting or abusing the use of laxatives to prevent any weight gain. An…

ADHD in America

ADHD is attention deficit hyper disorder, this means that someone has problems focusing and controlling their actions. An article “The Worldwide Prevalence of ADHD: A Systematic Review and Metaregression Analysis”  published by The All American Journal of Psychiatry talks about…

Brain Fag in Southern Africa

Brain Fag is a Cultural Bound Syndrome that is often found in African Societies. Especially among southern African communities, the biological symptoms include pain in the head or neck region almost like a migraine, blurring of the vision, and the…

Susto in Hispanic America

Susto is a culture bound syndrome found in Hispanic populations from Texas through Central America.  The symptoms include apathy and depression and it is attributed (by the culture) to the soul (or a spirit) leaving the body.  The case studies…

Obesity in the United States

Culture Bound Syndromes are often the folk illnesses of medicine.  The term is brought about due to anthropologists not having distinct answers as to why symptoms occur in a person, and why they only see signs of the “disease” in…

Ghost Sickness among Native Americans

Ghost Sickness is a culture bound syndrome that occurs among Native American tribes, originating from the Navajo. People that are preoccupied and possessed by the deceased are considered to have Ghost Sickness. Its symptoms include general weakness, loss of appetite,…