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Phronemophobia (from Greek phron, "thinking") is the fear of thinking. Causes of phronemophobia include thoughts that could scare them, especially memories of acts that they should not have done. The presence of these thoughts cause the sufferer to fear that he might be capable of doing the unthinkable.
Sufferers of phronemophobia may express symptoms that typically associate with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). 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 phronemophobics 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 can be treated by having a therapist present the patient the difference between fantasy and reality by recognizing 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.
- Psychophobia – fear of mind