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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1987 Mar; 75(3): 231-6.

"Ode Ori": a culture-bound disorder with prominent somatic features in Yoruba Nigerian patients.

Makanjuola RO.

Thirty patients diagnosed by Nigerian Yoruba traditional healers as suffering from a condition termed "Ode Ori" are described. The chief complaints were of a crawling sensation in the head and body, noises in the ears, palpitations and various other somatic complaints. Anxiety and depressive symptoms were prominent in all the patients and indeed the most common DSM-III diagnoses were of depressive and anxiety disorders. The significance of the disorder and its features is discussed in the context of the socio-cultural background of the patients.


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