Culture and Somatic Symptoms: Hwa-byung, a Culture-Related Anger Syndrome

  • Sung Kil MinEmail author


Many psychiatric illnesses or symptoms are known to evolve in a sociocultural context. Culture may not only affect the labeling of certain illnesses or symptoms but also affect people’s belief on the occurrence of a certain illness or symptom according to their reaction pattern via modulation of sensitivity to a particular stressor as well as susceptibility to a particular organ [1]. Culture is closely related to the clinical history or the precipitants of a certain health problem. Accordingly, understanding the influence of culture on psychiatric disorders is critical to the biopsychosocial formulation and treatment planning for patients with such disorders.


Somatic Symptom Sociocultural Context Research Diagnostic Criterion Korean Culture International Comparative Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul Metropolitan Eunpyeong HospitalEunpyeong-gu, SeoulKorea

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