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Is there such a thing as grade school phobia?

Is there such a thing as grade school phobia?

Grade school phobia: Absolutely! for a variety of reasons (unpleasant experiences in school, or extreme insecurity/reluctance/fear of leaving home) can result in school phobia. Common manifestations are recurrent abdominal pain or headache occuring only in the morning and only on school days (so that the child doesn't have to go to school). . If the problem is correctly diagnosed, behavioral treatment is effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


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My child recently ignoring his school or may be he is suffering from school phobia how to overcome this please help ?

My child recently ignoring his school or may be he is suffering from school phobia how to overcome this please help ?

Could be: School avoidance or school phobia is not uncommon. Taking to the child can give some clues as to what ma be causing ot or sometimes a professional counselor or psychologist can help figure it out. Unless there is some harm happening at the school what is important is to get the child gonig back to school as soon as possible as it tends to get worse the longer it goes on. So get help if stuck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: School phobia?

What is the definition or description of: School phobia?

Attachment issues: School phobia can be viewed as a subset of Attachment Disorder, occurring in children under 18. It's typically related to fears of loss or injury to a loved one, distress associated with leaving home, and a refusal to attend school. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a stepchild suffering from school phobia?

How do I deal with a stepchild suffering from school phobia?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a child who has a bad case of school phobia?

How do I deal with a child who has a bad case of school phobia?

Several things: Follow advice to see child psychologist & psychiatrist. Ask school counsellor about bullying or other precipitating event & ask for teacher reports of behavior change. See your pediatrician with your child. Give date of onset, school reports, report cards & any reason your child might worry about parents/siblings. Don't allow child to stay home. Allow psych md & phd to talk to school re : an iep. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my sons school phobia?

How do I get rid of my sons school phobia?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get over school phobias?

Is there a way to get over school phobias?

EMDR: Try ericksonian hypnosis or emdr. Exposure therapy may systematically exstinguish the phobic response. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to deal with exponentially worsening phobia-based anxiety when i'm at school 4 hours from home and can't see my doctors?

Is there a good way to deal with exponentially worsening phobia-based anxiety when i'm at school 4 hours from home and can't see my doctors?

Noncompliance : If you have a thyroid disorder, nothing is likely to help. If you are depressed and not taking an antidepressant, do your doctors know? They should be notified. I would recommend that you be honest with yourself and your doctors. You should have a doctor at school monitor your meds if you are going to be away from home, and you should get a therapist at school as well. Contact student health serv. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any school work phobias?

Does anyone have any school work phobias?

Many people do.: School phobias are a common problem with children and yes, many people also have phobias about going to work. ...Read more

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My daughter of 5 once had a stairs phobia now has school and flying insect phobia what wd the reason be and how do I tackle pls?

My daughter of 5 once had a stairs phobia now has school and flying insect phobia what wd the reason be and how do I tackle pls?

Specific phobias, : Separation anxiety, ocd, & other anxiety disorders of preschool onset differ from " normal" childhood fears in that they impede the child's daily functioning. Genetics + environment +a cautious, quiet, shy temperament =the reason. A child psychologist assesses overall development, does (exposure-response avoidance) therapy & teaches you to manage, rather than reinforce, anxiety-driven behaviors. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a phobia of coming home from school cause of an incidentplease someone help!?

Where did the: incident happen? Was it at home? Are you a child? If you are a child and are feeling unsafe at home, talk to a school psychologist, nurse or counselor they will know what to do to help you. ...Read more

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My 14years old son has a phobia meeting people even at school.Every day he has stress &particularly before going to school with painful stomach&diarri?

My 14years old son has a phobia meeting people even at school.Every day he has stress &particularly before going to school with painful stomach&diarri?

Change Ur Son's Life: I suspect that w/the right help now u can not only get ur son back on track w/school, but change course of his life. Find anxiety expert who specializes in working w/kids/teens using behavioral & cognitive-behavioral techniques. Also ensure expert is skilled in family therapy: i'd want ur entire family involved. Expert will assess & help put 2gether plan w/u & ur son. See http://on.Wsj.Com/14ruxaq. ...Read more

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Would ssri benefit 11 years old boy who has sever anxiety, phobia, and ocd. While the most talkative at home, he is not talking in public or school.

Would ssri benefit 11 years old boy who has sever anxiety, phobia, and ocd. While the most talkative at home, he is not talking in public or school.

Anxiety/ Phobia: Hopefully he has been evaluated by a child psychiatrist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation of parents and child, school intervention, and medications, such as ssris ( 1st line tr); 2nd line-benzodiazepines for short term; 3rd line-- buspirone. If every thing fails antipsychotics may be useful in high levels of agitation. Cbt are the best supported interventions. Early tr improves prog. ...Read more

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How common are real phobias?

Very: There are many possible phobias and they are all real. Common are fear of small spaces and spiders and snakes. All are real, but not usually disabling. ...Read more

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How do I cure my random phobia?

How do I cure my random phobia?

Phobia V Panic: A phobic response occurs when you are specifically exposed to a stimulus that causes you to experience anxiety. A a panic attack occurs out of the blue in a situation where you would not expect to be uncomfortable. If you feel that your phobia is random, perhaps you are referring to panic attacks? Treatment for both respond well to cbt and pharmacotherapy when needed. ...Read more

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Why phobias seem to last so long?

If not treated: Phobias will usually persist lifelong unless they are addressed head on. Patients who avoid whatever they fear, will likely suffer the rest of their life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is highly effective treatment for phobias, including gradual and progressive exposure to whatever patient fears. Please get your Phobia addressed asap. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bug phobia?

How do I know if I have a bug phobia?

Unreasonable fears: If you have unreasonable fears about bugs and avoid them more than is warranted or more than other people do, you may have a bug phobia. Persistent fear, avoidance, reaction out of proportion to true danger, irrational fears, interference with daily function--all of these factors are seen with phobias. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have some sort of phobia?

Irrational fear?: Phobias are considered irrational or excessive fears that cause physical and psychological discomfort. If this describes your problem, cognitive-behavioral therapy (especially exposure therapy) can help. ...Read more

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Is there a medication you can take for phobias?

Is there a medication you can take for phobias?

Yes: Although there isn't a medication that cures phobias, medications can reduce the impact of phobias. ...Read more

School Phobia (Definition)

School phobia can be viewed as a subset of Attachment Disorder, occurring in children under 18. It's typically related to fears of loss or injury to a loved one, distress associated with leaving home, and a ...Read more