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Brain fag syndrome (BFS) was first described by Raymond Prince as a mental health disorder associated with study among African students in 1960, with the phrase “brain fag” being the name by which the students themselves called the condition, which they believed was due to brain fatigue. Reference is made to BFS as a culture-bound syndrome in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision; the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, text revision; and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. BFS is a tetrad of somatic complaints, cognitive impairments, sleep-related complaints, and other somatic impairments. The somatic complaints consist of pains and burning sensations around the head and neck; the cognitive impairments consist of inability to grasp the ...

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