Essay heading: Abnormal Psychology and Culture-Bound Syndromes

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Arctic Hysteria is another culture-bound syndrome that falls in the somatoform category of disorders. Arctic Hysteria is only found in Alaska, and the symptoms include dissociative episodes with extreme excitement and are often followed by grand mal seizures and comas (Simons, 2001). Moving on to eastern cultures, specifically Southeast Asia and Pacific Island areas, there is what is known as amok...
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Moving on to eastern cultures, specifically Southeast Asia and Pacific Island areas, there is what is known as amok. Amok is a dissociative disorder in which a person is said to enter a trance like state, become highly excited, and start attacking things, whether they be people or just objects (Nevid, Rathus, Greene, 2006)...
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