Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ephebophobia: The Fear of Teenagers

Ephebophobia is the persistent and irrational fear of teenagers or youth.  This one was found on a list of the top 10 bizarre phobias.  I personally don’t see this phobia as being bizarre.  If you are a parent of a severely troubled child or have had some involvement with one it’s easy to see how this phobia would develop.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Ephebophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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