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12 Unusual Mental Illnesses You’ve Never Heard Of

Do you vomit when you go to Paris? Compulsively tear out your pubic hair? Maybe you think your hand is trying to kill you or that you’re rotting from the inside out. If so, chances are you’re suffering from one of these weird and not-so-wonderful rare mental illnesses.

Aboulomania

aboulomania decision making

As a recent graduate with no idea about which career direction to head in, I certainly empathise with this one. Aboulomania is a rare and little-known disorder which involves bouts of crippling indecision. Whilst it’s normal for people to be hesitant about making difficult decisions, sufferers of Aboulomania will obsess and fixate on a decision in a way that severely hinders normal functioning. Sufferers tend to hypothesize the outcome of their decision and preoccupy themselves with reasons why any decision will have a negative outcome. Seemingly simple choices such as whether or not to go out can paralyze sufferers with indecision, anxiety and stress. 


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