Year: 1985 Source: Psychological Medicine, v.15, no.2, (May 1985), p.275-281 SIEC No: 19860523

While depressive reactions appear to be universal they have seldom been described outside Europe. While the symptoms of reactive depression are recognized in rural Trinidad as a common experience, they are also identified by Afro-Caribbeans as a specific state; TABANKA, following the loss of a sexual partner. Symptomatology includes lassitude, anorexia, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, anger, a loss of interest in work & a preoccupation with the former partner which may lead to suicide.