Naseeruddin Shah speaks of suffering from onomatomania; find out more here

Naseeruddin Shah explained that he suffered from a condition called onomatomania.

In an interview with the YouTube channel Chalchitra speaksthe veteran actor said, “I have a condition called onomatomania. I’m not kidding. It’s a medical condition. You can check it in the dictionary.

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He even went on to explain state. “Onomatomania is a disease in which you repeat a word or a phrase, a sentence or a verse or a speech over and over again for no reason. Except that you like to hear it. I do it all the time so I’m never quite at rest. Even when I’m sleeping, I’m reviewing a passage that I like,” said the Gehraaiyaan actor.

However, experts stress that it is not a “medical or psychological condition”.

What is the state?

According to, onomatomania can also mean “fear of a word” or “frustration of not being able to think of a word”. It states that as a noun, onomatomania is a “obsession with a particular word that the person uses repeatedly or that creeps into the consciousness”.

Deekshaa Athwani, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund mentioned that ‘preoccupation with a certain word or phrase’ can cause a person to ‘use it repeatedly’. “Preoccupation can sometimes also manifest as the inability to remember a certain word or phrase. The causes are unknown as it is not a medical or psychological condition; but yes, it affects a person’s daily life,” Athwani said.

Stressing that it is mainly an “abnormal concentration on certain words or on the effort to remember a particular word”, Dr Sonal Anand, psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road, said it was fine as long as it didn’t affect his daily life. the life. “But, if necessary, this can be managed with Cognitive behavioral therapy. Different techniques are used in CBT, a type of specialized counseling, to reorganize thoughts and take control of them. Medical management may be needed if symptoms affect daily life and reduce productivity,” she said.

However, Dr Samir Parekh, consultant psychiatrist and head of the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare said that “in itself it is nothing”. “It can be part of the personality, the traits of an individual. For example, if you are into the arts or literature, you will constantly think about it a lot. Different people have different personalities which may manifest differently. So by itself it’s nothing,” he said.

Dr. Kamna Chhibber, a licensed clinical psychologist, said that “a mental health condition requires multiple factors and an understanding of the type of impairment it causes in terms of relationships, day-to-day functioning. Only then are treatments reviewed accordingly. It also depends on the type of distress it causes for an individual.

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