#18 Maladi Moun
Maladi Moun is a disorder unique to members of the Haitian community. The term literally translates to “humanly caused illness” or “sent sickness”.
The disorder is not thought to have physical causes, but is rather believed to be sent by others!
The cultural explanation assumes that this disorder is caused by others who hate and envy the afflicted person.
This results in depressive and psychotic symptoms that can affect a person’s social and private life!
MaladiMoun has many psychiatric symptoms that tend to overlap with delusional disorders and disorders characterized by paranoia.
The sufferer’s delusional belief that someone is causing them misery unsurprisingly results in depressive conditions.