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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 →

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Higher Rates of Psychosis in Migrant Populations

I was recently listening to a podcast about global mental health. The guest speaker mentioned that   Perceived #discrimination is a risk factor for #schizophrenia in #migrant populations. Click To Tweet   What??? This set off one of my more intense google binges. As I wrote about before, I am interested in the experiences of migrants. These are often innocent people who are often fleeing their country of origin because… Read Article →