ataque de nervios

ataque de nervios

A term used among Caribbean Latinos for a culture-bound syndrome characterised by uncontrollable shouting, crying, trembling, aggressiveness, fainting episodes and suicidal gestures. An ataque de nervios often follows a stressful life event—e.g., death of family member, divorce or conflict with spouse or children; while it has features of a panic attack defined by the DSM-IV, an “ataque” usually follows a precipitating event, occurs in absence of acute fear or apprehension, and is accompanied by amnesia for the “ataque”.
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Raulin Ogle Rogers's Club 57 flyer 57 Boys, 1980, Xerox, 11 Pedro Almodovar, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), 1988,35 mm, color, sound, 88 minutes.
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Pedro Almodovar, Espana, 1988)
Toward a Puerto Rican popular nosology: nervios and ataque de nervios. Cult Med Psychiatry.
Other characters come and go in the apartment, such as Carmen's ex-lover's son and his fiancee (Rossy De Palma, one of Almodovar's muses) forming a kinky social behavioral study in "Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios" (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), screening Friday.
In a subsequent analysis of the NLAAS data, ataque de nervios was prominent among Puerto Ricans, who were also significantly more likely to report ataques than other Latinos in the sample (Guarnaccia et al.