Culture-bound syndromes and healing practices in Malaysia

Amber Haque

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    This paper describes prominent culture-bound syndromes (CBS) in Malaysia. While some of the syndromes are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), their causation and treatment are not addressed. It is important for mental-health professionals to know that while the DSM-IV is widely used in many non-Western countries, the local population continues to believe in and practice indigenous methods of healing. Mental-health concepts and healing practices in the Malay and Chinese cultures, their clinical implications, and the need for ongoing research are emphasized.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)685-696
    Number of pages12
    JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Culture-bound syndromes
    • Healing practices
    • Malaysia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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