Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 10-20-2023


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.

Academic Level

medical student

Mentor/PI Department




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