Many people suffer from a huge variety of different ailments. Although the vast majority of these will be physical conditions, there is a growing understanding of the different types of psychological conditions that can negatively affect health. While some of these disorders are well known, such as obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, others are far more obscure and even more bizarre. Despite their lack of fame though, many of these psychological issues are surprisingly common and may well affect more people than you would think.
Have you ever had to make a difficult decision and then spent days agonizing over exactly what you would choose to do? Well, those who suffer from the psychological condition called aboulomania go through that process with almost every single decision they make. Whenever they are faced with a choice they become completely indecisive and paralyzed so that they can do nothing else until they finally manage to decide what to do. It even occurs with simple everyday decisions and can prevent sufferers from being able to carry out everyday functions.
It’s a common joke amongst couples for one of them to believe that their partner is a shopaholic, someone who is almost compelled to shop at all times. It turns out that for some people shopping is not just an enjoyable experience but a compulsive action that they have to do. The feeling to shop arises from immense feelings of satisfaction when they purchase goods that soon diminishes when they leave a shop, essentially acting as an addiction. Those suffering from Oniomania will often even destroy whatever they have bought in an attempt to help hide their disorder.
Piblokto is a condition that is exclusive to the Eskimos that live in the Arctic Circle. It has several dramatic effects that include uncontrollable hysteria, severe depression, an insensitivity to cold and even eating feces. The disorder has been linked to an overdose of vitamin A, with those living in the Arctic Circle relying on a diet that consists of high concentrations of vitamin A. However, it is still unclear exactly what causes Piblokto.