Dhat Syndrome

Dhat Syndrome is a medical condition found in cultures in South Asia (including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) in which male patients report suffering from premature ejaculation or impotence. and believe that they excrete semen in the urine. There are no known organic causes for this condition.

In traditional Hindu spirituality, semen is described as "life fluid." The release of this "vital fluid" through sex or masturbation is associated with pronounced feelings of anxiety and dysphoria. Often the patient will describe a loss of whitish fluid when urinating. In other cases, there is a pronounced feeling of guilt associated with what the patient considers "excessive" masturbation


Inherent in many peoples, Often found in religious mysteries. Often it is of a group nature. It is often called non-content. It manifests itself in hysterical seizures, against the background of a hysterically narrowed consciousness, hallucinations, delusions of obsession, and involuntary production of sounds resembling mooing, growling, etc. are observed. Close to the syndrome of obsession.


It was first described in 1895 as a typical regional cultural psychopathological syndrome mainly in men of South-East Asia (Chinese, Indonesians, Vietnamese, etc.). In recent years, it began to be found among Europeans, in our country V.V. Marilov (2001).

Clinically, it consists of three typical symptoms: 1) delusional or overvalued conviction of gradual or more rapid wrinkling of the penis (the word "koro" in Chinese means a wrinkled turtlehead); 2) retraction of the penis into the abdominal cavity or generally inside the body until it completely disappears; 3) the possibility of death due to this.

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