6 symptoms of mental illness that people take for whims

In the behavior of each of us there is some fad, which we think is peculiar only to us. And we think in vain. Because, according to science, each of our petty whims, habits, or "pet corn" can be found a strictly scientific explanation.

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1. Parurez - fear of urination in the presence of other people

You have come to relieve a little need of an empty toilet (say, in a restaurant) and are already halfway to blissful relief, when suddenly there is a shuffling behind your back. And ... everything. The process has stalled. You can no longer squeeze out a drop. Someone settled down at a nearby urinal. You know: he hears that your jet has suddenly dried up, and this only increases the panic. And soon there will be a queue for you. And they all wonder what you are there, in complete silence ...

2. nail biting

Onychophagy is one of the most common mental disorders, which is expressed in obsessive biting of the nails. About 45 percent of people between the ages of 10 and 18 are exposed to this scourge (most of them are women). There are also celebrities among those suffering from onychophagia - Britney Spears, Jacqueline Kennedy, Eva Mendez ...

3. Inability to realize and express one’s emotional state

How often have you heard from a girl that her lover is not sincere enough with her? “He never shares his feelings with me,” “he is some kind of forever detached ...”, “he doesn’t care at all what happens in my soul!” - and so on.

Believe it or not, two of these three complaints can be explained by a medical phenomenon called alexithymia. This term means the inability of a person to understand and express in words his own emotional state. Alexithy in one degree or another is with each of us. However, in the most severe cases, this condition can seriously poison life. According to scientists, alexithymia prevents about 8-10 percent of all people from living, and there are more men among them than women.

four.Violent emotional expression

Imagine: the boss reprimands you for some serious blunder, and you feel that in a second you will laugh and you can’t do anything with yourself. Trying to pull yourself together - you know what this means for you, but, no matter how you restrain yourself, the guilty look gradually gives way to a stupid smile, then a stifled chuckle, and soon a real loud hysterical gurgle erupts from you.

If you have ever experienced anything like this, then you may well suffer from a syndrome called “violent emotional expression,” also known as “pseudobulbar affect.”

5. Intolerance of some sounds

Practically each of us cannot endure any sound: foam on the glass, chalk on a blackboard, the squeak of a swing, champ ... It is normal or not, it depends on what sounds are and how much they interfere with your life.

A mental disorder called “mysophony” is a condition in which ordinary, unremarkable sounds cause irritation. For example, the sounds that other people make when eating, breathing, coughing, or doing other completely familiar and quiet things.

6. Oppositional disobedience disorder

In a large team there is always a frame that perceives with hostility everything that comes “from above”. He considers his main goal to undermine the authority of the authorities in the most noisy and unpleasant way for the latter. He bickers and argues on every vain reason.

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