Category: W3 Activity

Anorexia in the US

In this article they summarized how eating disorders relate to perfectionism, evaluation and anxiety. Before this research, there has been no research to date that studies the simultaneous effects of all three from the eating disorder. In this study they…

Heart Disease- Western Culture

When I first started thinking about a cultural bound syndrome I was under the assumption that I would come up with a illness that was seen as important to one society and imaginary to another. But this was not the…

Hwa-Byung in Korean immigrants

Hwa-Byung is a culture bound syndrome found in four to twelve percent of women with South Korean heritage.  Literally the terms means “anger disease” and is so named because when elderly women of Korean culture suppress anger, frustration, hate, or…

Running Amok- Malaysia

Have you ever heard of the term “running amok”? I would be willing to bet that many of us have not only heard of this term, but have also used it to describe a situation at one point in our…

Koro-Culture Bound Syndrome

I think we can all agree that Culture Bound Syndromes affect all cultures throughout the world.  All cultures have some type of illness, disorder, or disease that is indigenous to that region. However, we as human beings tend to look…

Brain Fag Syndrome in Africa

Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS) is a culture-bound syndrome with symptoms relating to physical health, cognitive impairment, and sleep related problems. It’s associated with poor study habits, poor sleep habits, and stress from written work. Brain Fag is a CBS common…

Latah Syndrome in Malaysia and Indonesia

Latah is a culture-bound syndrome that is most prominent in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is characterized as a series of involuntary actions such as mimicking, hysterical laughter, profane language, dancing, and screaming.  These series of actions are initially catalyzed with…