Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Arithmophobia: The Fear of Numbers

Arithmophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of numbers.  Obviously math isn’t one of the favorite subjects in school for those who suffer from this phobia.  It can be very difficult for them to learn because numbers literally make them anxious and frustrated.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
 Do you suffer from Arithmophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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