The Facets Of Arithmomania
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

The Facets Of Arithmomania

You needn't wonder anymore.

The Facets Of Arithmomania

A constant and never-ending stream of figures clouds your thoughts, a whirlpool of addition and translation is swirling about your brain. This is arithmomania.

Arithmomania is a recognized symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It is characterized by a clouding obsession with numbers and mathematic process that reaches a severity which interferes with your everyday life.

As one who suffers from arithmomania, I can only begin to describe the feelings associated with the condition, and I can’t explain the collective condition as well as I can my own experience with it.

You see numbers everywhere in your day-to-day life, extending to the volume of the television or the radio, the numbers on the clock, the temperature of your oven and numerous other facets of your world. So what characterizes arithmomania?

You see the number, and it is yours to change— or maybe it’s someone else’s. You insist that it should be a multiple of X- X for many people being five, 10, two— and when that standard is not met, you feel uncomfortable. Scratch that, you feel pained. The joints in your wrists and fingers ache, your skin feels too tight, you have to bite your lip or press your nails to mask the feeling for even a moment and it doesn’t go away. You are obsessed with the number until you can change it, or until you no longer have to be around it and even then it might be an itch that occupies your mind until sleep.

It isn’t just here that you experience these compulsions. Maybe you count the reflectors on the road, the number of times you chew a piece of food on each side of your mouth, the number of times you click “cruise” in your car before feeling satisfied. Maybe you flip the light switch on and off seven times and have to lock the door 18 before you can feel safe. Maybe you feel crazy, but you still need to satisfy these desires.

For me, it’s in everything. I can’t look away from a digital clock until the numbers feel right. The volume on my car radio and TV must be a multiple of nine to keep my hands from hurting. It’s how many times I have to wash my hands before I feel clean, and how many times I have to check the faucet before I know it’s off. For my father, it’s the reflectors on the road and starting over for each one missing.

It is probable that everyone has mild obsessions with numbers in their everyday life, but this obsession isn’t quite arithmomania until it begins to interfere with your living. Does it occupy your thoughts more than an hour, or maybe several hours of each day? Do you turn the music louder than you’re comfortable with to satisfy an arithmetic standard? This is arithmomania.

If these symptoms don’t sound familiar to you, no sweat! However, this should be a simple reminder to respect those around you who may suffer from these feelings!

So, next time your friend, your kid, or your parent asks, “Hey, can you turn it up to 18?” consider what you’ve read here.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.


Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments