What Is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

The very name of the disease may be one of the causes for the disease. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a fear of long words or words sounding improbable. It is not a very serious disease and also not a common one. But there are plenty of people who suffer from it without acknowledging it or getting it diagnosed. Since this is an anxiety disorder psychiatrist have solutions for treating people. Though uncommon the fear of lengthy words for people is strong enough to make them panicky. This is comparable to suffering from other phobias like fear of heights, fear of creatures etc.

The difference between Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia and other phobias is that you do not know when the panic occurs. Unlike specific fears like creatures or heights this phobia is not determinate because it can happen when ever a person comes across along word while reading. The individual concerned is fully aware that the long words is innocuous and does not pose a danger to him either mentally or physically. The fear comes on automatically on sighting the word.

Symptoms of the attack can be seen in the person getting nausea, palpitation, breathlessness. Because of the medical term is itself challenged, people have a feeling that it has been termed like to make fun of the sufferers. Some experts have therefore renamed the affliction as Sesquipedaliophobia meaning fear of multiple syllables in a word. Apart from breathlessness, the sufferer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia may also get dry mouth, clammy hands etc. The unfortunate part of the disease is that the fear though unwarranted is a persistent one.

Treatment has been made available for people who suffer from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. It is psychiatric trying to make a change in the mental attitude of the afflicted person. As a treatment it is not very different from what psychiatrists adopt any type of phobia. It involves attuning the patient’s mental associations to entirely positive ones giving no room for negative thoughts. Apart from counseling some medication is given. It is well known that no treatment for any disease can be effective unless the cause of the disease is identified, unfortunately in this case, no expert has been able to pin point exactly the cause for such attacks.

Phobias in general are not very common and that includes Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. There may be biological reasons for the disease or friends or family members may be the inadvertent cause. Being a relatively uncommon affliction, definite data is not available about its incidence among people during the last few years. In fact there is no record being reported during the last few years.