Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Social Work Exam and Culture: Khyâl Cap

Continuing to survey the nine cultural concepts of distress listed in DSM-5. Here's Khyâl cup (or Khyâl Attack). Here's a quick definition adapted from the slideshow below.
A syndrome found among Cambodians in the U.S. and Cambodia. Common symptoms include those of panic attacks, such as dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, and cold extremities. Catastrophic cognitions center on the concern that kyaal (a wind-like substance) may rise in the body and cause dangerous effects (eg lung compression, asphyxia).
Here's the full definition and a the complete list of nine via

More about Khyâl cap at these links (but not, for the moment, at Wikipedia):

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