Tag Archives: Asia

Kreung Love Shacks in Cambodia

Every time I get an idea for a quick post, google proves me wrong. I wanted to write about the Love Shacks I saw in Cambodia. This was going to be a quick post about an interesting tradition. Instead, I found myself reading articles about modernization vs. female sexual agency. The Kreung tribe in northeastern Cambodia have a tradition of building their teenage kids Love Shacks. These are small one… Read Article →

Culturally Bound Syndromes: Running Amok in Malaysia

Running amok is a culturally bound syndrome from Malaysia. It occurs almost exclusively in men. It is a brief dissociative and violent episode that often ends with the sufferer’s death. Those who survive usually report amnesia. The Malay people believe that the cause is hantu belian, an evil tiger spirit that enters the person’s body. Many people are familiar with the term “running amok” as its often used by Westerners… Read Article →

Qigong Deviation Syndrome in China

The next culture bound syndrome comes from China. Qigong deviation syndrome is classified as a culturally-bound mental health condition in the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, and it was listed in the DSM-IV also. Qigong deviation syndrome can occur if one practices martial arts or qigong improperly. A western clinician would probably interpret the disorder as a brief psychotic episode. Symptoms include “perception of uncontrolled movement of qi in the… Read Article →

Resource: The Psychosocial Support and Child’s Rights Resource Center

I’ve been a little busy developing my own materials for some new work I’ve taken on. It was in the course of this work that I was referred to the Psychosocial Support and Child’s Rights Resource Center.   This organization out of the Philippines has downloadable research articles and practice materials. The materials cover a range of issues facing kids like disaster response, child labor, trafficking, migration, and child protection. Many of the practice tools… Read Article →

Culture Bound Syndrome Series: Latah

Let’s talk about culture-bound syndromes. One by one. Today brings us to Malaysia and Indonesia where we can find latah. In Malay, latah means nervous, ticklish, jumpy, or love-madness. Latah is a chronic condition that falls into the family of startle-syndromes. When a person with latah is startled, he or she responds with a unique set of behaviors. These behaviors include: coprolalia (blurting out sexually explicit words), forced obedience (the… Read Article →