If you spend too much time in the snow, you could develop a disorder called piblokto or Arctic hysteria . Inuit people living in the Arctic Circle area are affected by this anecdotal disorder, most commonly during the long Arctic nights. Symptoms include verbally repeating meaningless words or performing dangerous and daring acts. The person often then has amnesia and does not remember the event. The condition is not limited to indigenous people, but can affect anyone living within the Arctic Circle. Doctors think that a lack of sunshine and vitamin A toxicity may explain the disorder. Are you afraid of snow? Some people have a psychological condition called chionophobia, a fear of snow. The word is derived from chion, the Greek word for “snow.” People who develop the condition often experience a traumatic childhood event involving snow, such as an accident, or perhaps being trapped in snow.


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