Category: W3 Activity

Running Amok in Malay Culture

Running amok is a culture-bound syndrome of Malaysian/Indonesian origin. Psychotic illnesses, personality disorders, and mood disorders are all possible causes of amok as cited from Dr. Manuel L. Saint Martin’s analysis of the CBS in “Running Amok: A Modern Perspective…

Bulimia in United States

Culture Bound Syndromes can affect all cultures throughout the world; just some are prevalent in different areas. Various forms of CBS are named and viewed differently based on that culture, something Americans may think it is ludicrous; a region in…

Anorexia in the United States

Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a fear of weight gain. People suffering from anorexia generally have an abnormal behavior toward eating and self-induce severe weight loss. Individuals suffering from anorexia will go to great lengths to avoid…

Depression in the United States

The article I chose to study had to do with how Depression effects American Morality. Previous studies have indicated inconsistent results on how depression effects morality. In order to get this done these researchers examined both the diagnosis of depression…

Koro Syndrome in Chinese

Koro syndrome is a condition characterized by a fear of shrinking genitalia and premature death. This syndrome occurs primarily in men and women in Southern Asia. Historically, this condition arose from sexual promiscuity such as extra-marital sex, masturbation, inappropriate thoughts,…

Obesity in America

The culture bound syndrome I chose to research is obesity in the United States. The article I read stated that nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. The occurrence of obesity in the United States has more than…

Latah in Southeast Asia

The article for a Cultural Bound Syndrome I selected was from Robert L. Winzeler on Latah in Southeeast Asia in locations such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Latah is a sudden change in behavioral patterns as a reaction towards foul language…

Grisi Siknis in Nicaragua

The CBS that I chose for this week is called Grisi Siknis in the Native Miskito language in Nicaragua. Grisi Siknis translates to “crazy sickness.” It has many other names in the indigenous and ethnic groups, but they all mean…

Ghost Sickness in Native American Culture

The “culture-bound syndrome” that I decided to discuss is Ghost Sickness among Native Americans. This sickness is generally attributed to the ghosts of the deceased or to witchcraft. The people who suffer from this disease have symptoms of nightmares, a…