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Phronemophobia – Fear of thinking

Some people like to be left alone with their thoughts while others are scared to death of what they might be thinking. Therapists call this fear Phronemophobia.

Causes of phronemophobia include thoughts that can instill a sense of fear. These are ideas that a person would never wish to act upon and yet sometimes those thoughts seem to enter the mind without permission. The presence of these thoughts cause the sufferer to fear that he might be capable of doing the unthinkable.

A person who has this fear may actually express symptoms one might typically associate with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The reason this is true is that they will work very hard to keep themselves distracted without landing on any particular thought pattern. They may not like to be alone and they will want to remain active.
Other symptoms include crying, multiple stress symptoms, panic attacks, nausea, sweating, air hunger, trembling, feeling as though you have lost control over yourself, longing for friends and pushing them away at the same time.

Many who have this fear believe there is only a thin thread that keeps them sane. The truth is they may simply be misunderstanding the difference between thought and action.

This fear may require a therapist who can logically guide the patient through the difference between fantasy and reality by recognizing that what happens in the mind does not need to take place in reality. And keeping busy seems to be the only way to keep the negative thoughts at bay.