Category: W3 Activity

pibloktoq in the circumpolar region

The culture-bound syndrome (CBS) I chose was pibloktoq, an illness that is found in the circumpolar region – an area that encompasses the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Those who have pibloktoq will initially become more introverted and sullen but subsequently…

Hwa-Byung among older Koreans

The culture-based syndrome I chose to research was Hwa-Byung, which is caused by the suppression of anger over a long period of time (even some cases up to 30+ years). Hwa-Byung is most commonly found in first generation older immigrant…

Hikikomori in Japan

The culture bound syndrome I chose to research is hikikomori among the Japanese culture. Hikikomori can be described in various ways; generally, this CBS is defined in terms of young people who withdraw. Within the Japanese culture, is it very…

Obesity in America

Obesity is a hot topic, not just in the U.S, but around the world also. In America, it holds a different standard for very good reason. Out of every other country, we have the heaviest people. I have heard the…

Baridi among the Bena peoples of Tanzania

The article I chose to review is called “Baridi: A Culture-Bound syndrome Among the Bena Peoples of Tanzania” and is written by Anitta Juntenen, PhD. In this article, the culture bound syndrome called baridi, or emotional coldness, is discussed.  Baridi…

Taijin Kyofusho in Japan

Taijin Kyofusho (translation: the disorder of fear of interpersonal relations) is a neurotic culture bound/ culture-related syndrome in Japan where a person feels extreme social-phobia that is associated with their appearance. This fear is related to a feeling of guilt…

Amok in Malaysia

The article that I found was written by Manuel L. Saint Martin, M.D., and J.D. In his article he described what Amok was, when it was first discovered, possible explanations, modern versions of Amok, and how to prevent it. His…

Koro in China

I have reviewed the article “Making Up Koro: Multiplicity, Psychiatry, Culture, and Penis-Shrinking Anxieties”, written by Ivan Crozier. Koro is a syndrome in which adults delusion their penis or vulva of the vagina are retracting up into one’s body. It…