When a Clinomaniac is NOT really a Clinomaniac

You will find a plenty of information on clinomania on this website as well as what it’s like to be a clinomaniac. I know what it’s like to be a clinomaniac as I had this condition in my early twenties, many years ago.

Clinomania is a relatively common psychological condition, but not too well known. A lot of people have this condition without even knowing about it. But what about those who are not really clinomaniac but pretend to be one? That’s the story I’m going to tell you about…before I do that, let’s just quickly look at the clinomaniac definition.

Clinomaniac Definition – A clinomaniac is someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder called Dysania or Clinomania. Clinomania is desired from the Greek word “clino”, which means bed and “mania” which means love or passion. So clinomania means a “love for the bed”. It’s the most suitable name for this condition, as clinomaniac have an obsessive relationship with their bed.

When I had clinomania, there weren’t many who had heard of this condition, not even psychologists. I remember misdiagnosed several times by many psychologists and psychiatrists who thought I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Depression and gave me medication for those conditions. Fortunately, I was able to get help from a very smart psychologist who helped me out and gave me the right drugs for the disorder.

Since I made no secret of the fact that I had clinomania, that made me quite an authority on the subject in the university town that I was living in back then. So, there was this attractive girl that I was chatting up and I was telling her how I had clinomania and had come out of it. Surprisingly, this girl knew all about clinomania, she said that her 16-year old brother, let’s call him “Bob”, had it and wanted me to visit him.

I was naturally curious as I hadn’t met too many people who had this condition, apart from myself, and I thought that it would give me a chance to get closer to this girl. So, I said, yeah, I will visit your brother, when can I come?

As I arrived at this girl’s place, I was welcomed by her and her worried parents who led me to Bob. Bob was in bed, as always. The girl and her parents left us alone so that I could examine Bob.

Well, here’s what I found out. They had not yet taken Bob to a real psychologist. They had only taken him to the family physician, who gave Bob some caffeine supplements to “wake him up”.

As I spent time with Bob, I realized that Bob really didn’t share as much of an obsession with his bed as his love for Xbox and dread of going to school. The poor kid, it turns out was bullied by the other kids in high school and was desperately looking for a reason to avoid going to school altogether.

So he chanced upon the word “clinomaniac” when browsing the internet, and since then decided that he was one. Every time his parents tried to get him off the bed, Bob said that he was a clinomaniac and had a psychological condition, because of which he couldn’t get out of bed and go to school. And a couple of hours later, when the coast was clear, Bob would get up and start playing on his Xbox.

Well, to cut the story short, I told the girl and her parents to get Bob treated by a recognized psychologist, who was able to see through Bob’s plans and soon enough Bob was back in school.

Anyway, the point is, there are a lot of lazy people out there who pretend to be clinomaniac to avoid going to work or school. Don’t make clinomania an excuse for your laziness guys, that’s not cool! This is a very serious condition and causes a lot of suffering to those who have it. Trust me, you don’t want to have clinomania!