We present the case of Ms. MR, a 71 year old female who arrived at the outpatient clinic for evaluation of a long-standing history of depressive symptoms and dissociative emotional spells. She describes a history of sudden-onset “emotional episodes” in which she experiences uncontrollable sobbing, loses control of her arms and legs, and becomes unresponsive for 5-7 minutes. We believe this patient may be experiencing ataques de nervios (“attack of nerves”), a culturally-bound syndrome most commonly affecting Hispanic populations.
Ahmad, Faiza and Amador, Alcides, "Ataque de nervios: A Culturally-Bound Syndrome Unique From Panic Disorder" (2023). MEDI 9331 Scholarly Activities Clinical Years. 75.