Susto is a folk illness said to be caused from suffering a fright experience. Examples of what might cause susto include:

  • being thrown from a horse
  • an auto accident
  • tripping over an unseen object
  • societal pressure

Symptoms of susto seem to correlate with symptoms of anxiety or depression: difficulty sleeping, listlessness, etc. The belief is that susto will not resolve itself but must be treated. The traditional cure is through the rituals of the curandero.

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  1. Caida de la Mollera
  2. Confianza
  3. Curanderismo
  4. El Decaimiento
  5. El Empacho
  6. Formal or Familiar?
  7. Hispanics in the USA
  8. Hispanic or Latino?
  9. The Latino Family
  10. Mal de Aire
  11. Mal de Ojo
  12. Susto

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