Arithmophobia Fear of numbers


Arithmophobia is a specific phobia that hinders the progress of the student’s life and their professional advancement, since it consists of the fear that appears in the face of situations in which it is necessary to know how to handle numbers or even certain numbers such as phobia of the number 13 or fear of the number 666 .

In other words, arithmophobia is a condition of unhealthy fear of numbers, mathematics, or arithmetic .


Arithmophobia causes alterations in the three planes of a person, that is, the physical component, the mental component and the behavioral component.

Physical symptoms: The response is often characterized by anxiety .

Specifically, the individual will present symptoms related to an increase in the activity of the central nervous system, such as increased heart rate, respiratory rate, increased sweating, pupillary dilation, increased muscle tension, headaches and / or belly, feeling of unreality and nausea.

Psychological symptoms : Physical symptoms are always accompanied by a series of related thoughts and cognitions, such as negative attributes, fear and disability .

The individual may think how distressing the mathematical operation is, the personal inability to cope with ridicule and / or showing weaknesses.

Behavioral symptoms: physical and mental anxiety caused by arithmophobia affects the behavior of the individual.

The behavior is usually the avoidance of situations, in which you have to handle the numbers, Likewise, there is agitation, impulsiveness or flight in behavior.


The treatments that have shown more efficacy are psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral treatment, in the latter the behavioral component is intervened, exposing the subject to their feared situations, as well as the physiological through relaxation techniques and the psychological through cognitive therapy. 

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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