Relevance of culture‐bound syndromes in the 21st century

  title={Relevance of culture‐bound syndromes in the 21st century},
  author={Antonio Ventriglio and Oyedeji A. Ayonrinde and Dinesh Bhugra},
  journal={Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences},
Culture‐bound syndromes were first described over 60 years ago. The underlying premise was that certain psychiatric syndromes are confined to specific cultures. There is no doubt that cultures influence how symptoms are perceived, explained and from where help is sought. Cultures determine what idioms of distress are employed to express distress. Rapid globalization and industrialization have made the world a smaller place and cultures are being more influenced by other cultures. This has led… Expand
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