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10 Strange Phobias

Ephebiphobia -- Fear of Youth

It may be fun to joke about the old man who lives down the street yelling at kids to stay off his lawn, but there really is a fear of youth -- ephebiphobia, which was originally classified as a fear or loathing of teenagers. It's unlikely that the cantankerous old man in the neighborhood suffers from anything other than a bad mood, but some people do live with an irrational fear of teenagers, leading to avoidance, paranoia, exclusion and even discrimination. Treating a phobia such as this one may require a combination of tactics, including talk therapy to learn the root of the problem and develop coping skills to alleviate the fear.