Category: W3 Activity

SAD in Northern United States

  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs around the same time every year in individuals affected.  Although it can occur in the summer months, the disorder is usually brought on in early fall continuing to…

Pibloktoq- Arctic hysteria

Piblokoq also known as “Arctic hysteria” is a disease that affects people in circumpolar region in the winter months.  It has been documented since the 1800’s and has many theories of possible source. Affecting more adult women then men, while…

Dhat Syndrome in India

Dhat Syndrome is an illness that affects the India culture. The syndrome has been classified as both a neurotic disorder and a culture specific disorder. The dhat syndrome has been found in several cultures and they often go by different…

Ghost Sickness in Native Americans

My source for this Culture Bound Syndrome (CBS) was actually from a book titled Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. It was difficult to find any peer reviewed articles about the illness due to its rarity. The book goes on to describe…

Baridi in Tanzania

Baridi is a culture bound syndrome that affects the Bena people of Ilembula village in Tanzania. Previous research by Juntunen (2002) provided information about the construction of the Ilembula village and some of its values. This village is the aggregation…

Ghost Illness among Native Americans

Ghost illness is a culture-bound syndrome. “Spirits or “ghosts” may be viewed as being directly or indirectly linked to the cause of an event, accident, or illness, and this may occur irrespective of biomedical etiologic views.” (Putsch) In Western medicine,…

Hikikomori in Japan

Hikikomori is a social withdrawal culture bound syndrome in Japan. It has five criteria, and they are 1. a lifestyle centered at home, 2. no interest/ willingness to attend school/work, 3. symptoms duration of at least 6 months, 4. excludes…

Amafufunyana in South Africa

While there seems to be less than desirable amounts of study on the subject, it suffices enough to broach this particular culture-bound syndrome. The main article I read for this subject, “Expression of schizophrenia in black Xhosa-speaking and white English-speaking…