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Northern County Psychiatric Associates
Baltimore, MD

Why Am I In Family Therapy?

Mood Swings and Drug Abuse

Food and Whine: Dining Out with Kids

What Makes a Good Joke?

When I Worry About Mom or Dad

A Kid in My Class Has ADHD

When Your Mom Or Dad Has AD/HD

Why Do We Get Nervous?

Do You Know Your Phobias?

In Case You Want More...The Super Phobia List!

The School Nurse: What Does She (or He) Really Do?

I Am Different But You May Not Know
Hidden Disabilities

Dealing with Bullies

Kids Can Be Depressed Too

Teens and Sexual Harassment

Lots More Books for Kids and Adolescents about Mental Health Issues: Divorce, Depression, School Problems and More!






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































For Kids and Teens
Articles games and book reviews for children and adolescents interested in understanding mental health issues.

When I Worry....

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About Mom or Dad

Sometimes kids and teenagers get depressed, or anxious, but sometimes parents do too. It is confusing when your mother or father starts acting differently. They still love you, but how should you act? Can you help? Here are some books that may help.

When a Parent is Depressed by


Please Don't Cry, Mom by DenBoer (1994)
This is an illustrated book, written for elementary school children. However, its description of recurrent major depression is so good that the book would be valuable for adolescents and some adults. It describes a boy’s feelings about his mother’s depression and her resistance to treatment. After her husband sets limits, she accepts treatment and begins to improve. The book describes the importance of family participation in treatment and the importance of taking one’s medication regularly. Ultimately, the boy gains knowledge and a sense of mastery.

2. Tell Me a Story, Paint Me the Sun by Chaplan (1991)
This is an illustrated book, appropriate for elementary school children and younger adolescents. It describes a girl whose father loses his job and becomes depressed (or starts drinking). Although he does not seek treatment or improve, she is able to talk to other adults and learn that she is worthwhile. This book is useful for the child who must learn to cope with ongoing parental denial of a mental illness or drug problem.

3. Daddy Doesn't Have to be a Giant Anymore by J R Thomas (1996) Clarion Books
This illustrated book is told from the elementary school aged daughter's point of view. It describes her reactions to her alcoholic father's mood swings and erratic behavior. She is present when family and friends arrange a supportive confrontation to break down the father's denial and get him into residential treatment. When he returns from the treatment, he is on the road to sobriety and is able to talk to his daughter about his past behavior.

4. Sad Days, Glad Days by DeWitt Hamilton (1995) Albert Whitman and Co.
This story tells about the feelings of Amanda, an elementary school-aged girl as she experiences her mother's unpredictable episodes of recurrent depression. The mother also clearly experiences anguish when she sometimes cannot respond to her child's needs. Her mother and father both help Amanda understand that her mother loves her and that the mother's depressive episodes are not Amanda's fault. Amanda conceptualizes her mother's moods as colors. The illustrations sensitively follow this metaphor to catch the moods and experiences of the mother and the household. Amanda and her mother learn that despite recurrent depression, the mother can still find ways to give of herself to Amanda.

Carol E. Watkins, MD

A Kid In My Class Has ADHD

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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a fairly common thing. About one in fifteen kids has it, so there may be someone in your class with ADHD. Sometimes you will never know. A lot of people get much better with treatment. Then you can't tell them from anyone else. However, some kids still have difficulty sitting still and paying attention.

What is ADHD?

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Trouble keeping notebooks and assignments organized. Loses things a lot

  • Difficulty finishing things he or she has started.

  • Talks too much

  • Fidgets

  • Runs around or climbs things a lot more than other kids.

Some kids with ADHD are easy to spot. These are the ones that show everything on this list. They move around a lot. A few may have a hot-temper and get into fights easily. Other kids are just inattentive. They only have the first three things in the list. They just seem to daydream a lot. Their notebooks may be less organized and they may need reminders to get their projects finished.

Kids with ADHD might take medication, see a tutor, have extra classroom help, or see a therapist. What can you do to help?

  • If you have a work partner with ADHD, you might help them make a "to do" list.

  • Remind them about when assignments are due.

  • If you sit next to someone who is distractible, don’t make it worse. Don’t pass them notes or jokes during study time.

  • If the kid has a hot temper, try not to do things that will set it off.

  • Don’t call them "space cadet" "stupid" or other cruel names.

  • If they want to tell you about their medications or other treatments, listen. Otherwise, don’t bring it up unless you are a close friend.

ADHD is not all bad. If it were, the trait would have died out centuries ago. People with ADHD have a lot of energy and creativity. A kid with ADHD may be the tireless soccer player or the one with the weird but creative ideas. This sort of kid may grow up to be a professional ball player or a famous inventor. Be nice to him. One day, you may be proud to say that you knew the guy when he was a kid.

Carol E. Watkins, MD

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Why do we get nervous? I certainly don’t like it when it happens to me, and I don’t think that other people enjoy it much either.

Humans developed this panic reaction for a good reason. It kept them alive.

Let’s say you lived a thousand years ago. While hunting with your family, you saw members of an enemy tribe heading your way. Your body would release panic hormones. Your heart would pound faster, you would breathe harder. Your muscles would get extra blood flow. That would make it easier for you to run away fast. The exercise of running would help keep you from staying upset and anxious once you had reached the safety of your village.

In modern America, we are less likely to be in that type of danger.

In our modern world, when you get that type of panic reaction, you usually can’t just get up and run. The panic feeling may stick around longer. In most people, that is all that happens. However, some people get regular panic attacks or fears. (phobias)

Phobias are fears of specific things such as spiders. ( arachnophobia) or of a situation such as being in high places (acrophobia) Sometimes a person might have a bad experience with a dog and go on to develop a fear of all dogs. Sometimes phobias gradually get better. Otherwise, a few sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist may teach you how to get rid of the phobia.

If you are spending a lot of your time worrying or if you are having panic attacks, let someone know.

Even today, anxiety is not all bad. Small amounts of anxiety can motivate us to get things done, like studying for tests, or winning a soccer game.

Carol E. Watkins, MD

Do You Know Your Phobias?



















1. Fear of Spiders; 2. Fear of Cats; 3. Fear of Fire; 4. Fear of Computers; 5. Fear of Insects; 6. Fear of work; 7. Fear of animals; 8. Fear of darkness; 9. Fear of hospitals; 10. Fear of needles or pointed objects; 11. Fear of having dental work; 12. Fear of reptiles such as snakes; 13. Fear of birds; 14. Fear of bald people; 15. Fear of frogs; 16. Fear of burglars; 17. Fear of injections; 18. Fear of bees.

In Case that Wasn't Enough...
The Ultimate Phobia List!


accidents. Dystychiphobia
Aging, growing old. Gerascophobia
air drafts Anemophobia
alcohol. Methyphobia
alcohol. Potophobia
alone Autophobia
amnesia. Amnesiphobia
amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc. Batrachophobia
amputees. Apotemnophobia
anger or the fear of cholera. Cholerophobia
angina, choking or narrowness. Anginophobia
Angry, becoming Angrophobia
animals. Zoophobia
ants. Myrmecophobia
asymmetrical things. Asymmetriphobia
ataxia (muscular incoordination) Ataxiophobia
atomic explosions. Atomosophobia
automobiles. Motorphobia
bacteria. Bacteriophobia
bad men Scelerophibia
bald people. Peladophobia
Bald, becoming Phalacrophobia
beards. Pogonophobia
Bed, going to. Clinophobia
bees. Apiphobia, Melissophobia
bicycles. Cyclophobia
birds. Ornithophobia
black. Melanophobia
blindness in visual field. Scotomaphobia
blood. Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia
Blushing Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia
body smells. Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia
bogies or the bogeyman. Bogyphobia
Bolsheviks. Bolshephobia
books. Bibliophobia
bound, being or tied up. Merinthophobia
brain disease. Meningitophobia
Bridges, crossing. Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia
bulls. Taurophobia
bums or beggars. Hobophobia
burglars. Scelerophibia
buried alive, being or of cemeteries. Taphephobia Taphophobia
cancer. Cancerophobia
cancer. Carcinophobia
cats. Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Felinophobia , Galeophobia or Gatophobia
cemeteries. Taphephobia Taphophobia Coimetrophobia
challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation. Heresyphobia or Hereiophobia
changes. Metathesiophobia
chemicals or working with chemicals. Chemophobia
chickens. Alektorophobia
childbirth. Lockiophobia, Maieusiophobia or Parturiphobia
children. Pedophobia
Chinese, Chinese culture. Sinophobia
chins. Geniophobia
choking of being smothered. Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia
church. Ecclesiophobia
clocks. Chronomentrophobia
clothing. Vestiphobia
clouds. Nephophobia
clowns. Coulrophobia
coitus. Coitophobia
Cold (extreme), ice or frost. Cryophobia
cold, cold things. Frigophobia
cold. Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia
cold. Psychrophobia
colors. Chromophobia or Chromatophobia
comets. Cometophobia
computers or working on a computer. Cyberphobia
computers. Logizomechanophobia
confined spaces. Claustrophobia
constipation. Coprastasophobia
Contagious, being. Tapinophobia
contaminated with dirt of germs, being. Misophobia
cooking. Mageirocophobia
cosmic phenomenon. Kosmikophobia
crosses or the crucifix. Staurophobia
crowds or mobs. Agoraphobia , Ochlophobia, Demophobia or Enochlophobia
crystals or glass. Crystallophobia
dancing. Chorophobia
dark or of night. Nyctophobia
darkness. Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Myctophobia or Scotophobia
dawn or daylight. Eosophobia
daylight or sunshine. Phengophobia
death or dead things. Necrophobia
death or dying. Thanatophobia or Thantophobia
decaying matter. Seplophobia
defecation. Rhypophobia
deformity. Dysmorphophobia
demons. Demonophobia or Daemonophobia
dentists. Dentophobia
dependence on others. Soteriophobia
depth. Bathophobia
diabetes. Diabetophobia
dining and dinner conversations. Deipnophobia
dirt or contamination. Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia
dirt. Rupophobia
dirty, being. Automysophobia
Disease, a particular one. Monopathophobia
disease. Pathophobia
disorder or untidiness. Ataxophobia
dizziness or whirlpools. Dinophobia
doctor or of doctors, going to the Iatrophobia
dogs or rabies. Cynophobia
dolls. Pediophobia
double vision. Diplophobia
drafts, air swallowing, or airbourne noxious substances. Aerophobia
dreams. Oneirophobia
drinking. Dipsophobia
drugs. Pharmacophobia
dryness. Xerophobia
dust. Koniophobia, Amathophobia
Dutch, the. Dutchphobia
Eight, the figure. Octophobia
electricity. Electrophobia
enclosed, being. Clithrophobia or Cleithrophobia
England, English culture, etc. Anglophobia
everything. Panophobia or Pantophobia
eyes. Ommetaphobia or Ommatophobia
Fabrics, certain. Textophobia
failure or defeat. Kakorrhaphiophobia, Atychiphobia
fainting or weakness. Asthenophobia
falling in love or being in love. Philophobia
fatigue. Kopophobia
fecal matter. Scatophobia
feces. Coprophobia
female genitalia. Eurotophobia
fever. Febriphobia, Fibriphobia or Fibriophobia
fire. Arsonphobia, Pyrophobia
firearms. Hoplophobia
fish. Ichthyophobia
floods. Antlophobia
flowers. Anthrophobia or Anthophobia
flutes. Aulophobia
flying. Aviophobia, Aviatophobia, Pteromerhanophobia
fog. Homichlophobia, Nebulaphobia
food or eating. (Cibophobia) Sitophobia or Sitiophobia
food. Cibophobia or Sitophobia or Sitiophobia
Forests Xylophobia, Hylophobia
forgotton, being or ignored or forgetting. Athazagoraphobia
France, French culture. (Francophobia) Gallophobia, Galiophobia or Francophobia
freedom. Eleutherophobia
Friday the 13th. Paraskavedekatriaphobia
frogs. Ranidaphobia
fur or skins of animals. Doraphobia
gaiety. Cherophobia
gaining weight. (Obesophobia) Pocrescophobia, Obesophobia
garlic. Alliumphobia
genitals, particularly female. Kolpophobia
German or German things. Teutophobia, Germanophobia
germs or contamination or dirt. Mysophobia
germs. Verminophobia, Spermatophobia or Spermophobia
ghosts. Phasmophobia
glaring lights. Photoaugliaphobia
glass. Hyelophobia or Hyalophobia
glass. Nelophobia
God or gods. Zeusophobia
gods or religion. Theophobia
gold. Aurophobia
gravity. Barophobia
Greek terms or complex scientific terminology. Hellenologophobia
hair. (Chaetophobia) Trichopathophobia, Trichophobia, Chaetophobia or Hypertrichophobia
Halloween. Samhainophobia
hearing a certain word or of names. Onomatophobia
hearing good news. Euphobia
heart. Cardiophobia
heat. Thermophobia
heaven. Ouranophobia
heaven. Uranophobia
height. Hypsiphobia
heights or being close to high buildings. Batophobia
heights. Acrophobia
heights. Altophobia
hell. Hadephobia
hell. Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia
heredity. Patroiophobia
home surroundings, house. Oikophobia
home surroundings. Eicophobia or Oikophobia
home. Ecophobia
homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Homophobia
horses. Equinophobia
horses. Hippophobia
hospitals. Nosocomephobia
houses or being in a house. Domatophobia or Oikophobia
ice or frost. Pagophobia
ideas. Ideophobia
Ill, becoming Nosophobia or Nosemaphobia
immobility of a joint. Ankylophobia
imperfection. Atelophobia
infinity. Apeirophobia
injections. Trypanophobia
injury. Traumatophobia
insanity. Dementophobia
insanity. Maniaphobia
insects. Entomophobia
insects. Insectophobia
itching or of the insects that cause itching. Acarophobia
Japanese. Japanophobia
jealousy. Zelophobia
Jews. Judeophobia
jumping from high and low places. Catapedaphobia
justice. Dikephobia
kidney disease. Albuminurophobia
kissing. Philemaphobia or Philematophobia
knees. Genuphobia
knowledge. Epistemophobia
knowledge. Gnosiophobia
lakes. Limnophobia
large things. Megalophobia
laughter. Geliophobia
lawsuits. Liticaphobia
learning. Sophophobia
left side of the body, things to the. Levophobia, Sinistrophobia
leprosy. Leprophobia or Lepraphobia
lice. Pediculophobia
lice. (Pediculophobia) Phthiriophobia
light flashes. Selaphobia
light. Photophobia
liquids, dampness, or moisture. Hygrophobia
locked in an enclosed place, being. Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia
lockjaw, tetanus. Tetanophobia
long waits. Macrophobia
long words. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
long words. Sesquipedalophobia
looking up. Anablephobia
losing an erection. Medomalacuphobia
loud noises. Ligyrophobia
love play. (Malaxophobia) Sarmassophobia
love play. (Sarmassophobia) Malaxophobia
lues, syphillis. Luiphobia
machines. Mechanophobia
magic.(wand) Rhabdophobia
making decisions. Decidophobia
many things. Polyphobia
marriage. Gamophobia
materialism OR the fear of epilepsy. Hylephobia
meat. Carnophobia
memories. Mnemophobia
men. Androphobia
men. Arrhenphobia
men. Hominophobia
menstruation. Menophobia
mercurial medicines. Hydrargyophobia
metal. Metallophobia
meteors. Meteorophobia
mice. Musophobia or Murophobia
mice. Suriphobia
microbes. Bacillophobia
microbes. (Bacillophobia) Microbiophobia
mind. Psychophobia
mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror. Eisoptrophobia
mirrors. Catoptrophobia
missles or bullets. Ballistophobia
mole rat, the great Zemmiphobia
money. Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia
monsters or deformed people. fear of bearing a deformed child Teratophobia
moon. Selenophobia
mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia) Pentheraphobia
moths. Mottephobia
movement or motion. Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia
moving or making changes. Tropophobia
mushrooms, fear or aversion to. Mycophobia
Music, fear or hatred of Melophobia.
myths or stories or false statements. Mythophobia
names. Nomatophobia
narrow things or places. Stenophobia
needles or pointed objects. Aichmophobia
neglecting duty or responsibility. Paralipophobia
new drugs. Neopharmaphobia
new things or ideas. Cenophobia or Centophobia
new.things Neophobia
newness, novelty. Cainophobia or Cainotophobia
night. Noctiphobia
noise. Acousticophobia
noises or voices or one's own voice; of telephones. Phonophobia
Northern lights. Auroraphobia
nosebleeds. Epistaxiophobia
Novelty, anything new Kainophobia
novelty. Kainolophobia
nuclear weapons. Nucleomituphobia
nudity. Gymnophobia
nudity. Nudophobia
numbers. Arithmophobia
numbers. Numerophobia
objects at the right side of the body. Dextrophobia
old people or of growing old. Gerontophobia
oneself, being or of loneliness. Eremophobia
oneself. Autophobia
open high places. Aeroacrophobia
open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets. Fear of leaving a safe place. Agoraphobia
opening one's eyes. Optophobia
Operating, surgeons fear of Ergasiophobia- 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon's fear of operating.
opinions. Allodoxaphobia
otters. Lutraphobia
outer space. Spacephobia
overworking or of pain. Ponophobia
pain. Agliophobia
pain. Algophobia
pain. (Algophobia) Odynophobia or Odynephobia
painful bowels movements. Defecaloesiophobia
paper. Papyrophobia
parasites. Parasitophobia
parents-in-law. Soceraphobia
peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Arachibutyrophobia
pellagra. Pellagrophobia
Penis, erect. Medorthophobia
penis, esp erect. Phallophobia
people or society. Anthropophobia
philosophy. Philosophobia
phobias. Phobophobia
Phobic or fearful situations, preference for Counterphobia-
pins and needles. (Aichmophobia) Belonephobia
pins. Enetophobia
places or situations, certain, such as stage fright. Topophobia
Plans, definite Teleophobia-
plants. Batonophobia
Pleasure, feeling Hedonophobia
Poetry, fear or hatred of Metrophobia
poison or of being accidently poisoned. Toxiphobia or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia
poison. Iophobia
Poliomyelitis, contracting. Poliosophobia
Politicians, fear or dislike of Politicophobia.
Pope, the. Papaphobia
poverty. Peniaphobia
poverty. Peniaphobia
precipices. Cremnophobia
pregnancy or childbirth. Tocophobia
priests or sacred things. Hierophobia
progress. Prosophobia
property. Orthophobia
prostitutes or venereal disease. Cypridophobia, Cypriphobia, Cyprianophobia, or Cyprinophobia
Punished severely or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic.(wand) Rhabdophobia
punishment. Mastigophobia
punishment. Poinephobia
puppets Pyrexiophobia Pupaphobia
purple. Porphyrophobia
rabies or of becoming mad. Lyssophobia
rabies. Hydrophobophobia
rabies. Kynophobia
radiation, x-rays. Radiophobia
rain or of being rained on. Ombrophobia
rain or of being rained on. Pluviophobia
rape. Virginitiphobia
rectum or rectal diseases. Rectophobia
rectum. Proctophobia
Red Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia-
Red Lightss Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia
relatives. Syngenesophobia
Religious ceremonies Teleophobia
reptiles or creepy, crawly things. Herpetophobia
responsibility. Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia
returning home. Nostophobia
ridicule. Katagelophobia
ridiculed, being. Catagelophobia
riding in a car. Amaxophobia
rivers or running water. Potamophobia
road travel. Hodophobia
robbed, being. Harpaxophobia
rooms. Koinoniphobia
ruin or ruins. Atephobia
Russians. Russophobia
saints or holy things. Hagiophobia
sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Homophobia
Satan. Satanophobia
scabies. Scabiophobia
School, going to Didaskaleinophobia
school. Scolionophobia
scratches or being scratched. Amychophobia
Sea, the Thalassophobia
seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. Ithyphallophobia
sermons. Homilophobia
sex , the opposite. (Heterophobia) Sexophobia
Sex, the opposite. (Sexophobia) Heterophobia
sex. Genophobia
sexual abuse. Agraphobia
sexual abuse. Contreltophobia
sexual love or sexual questions. Erotophobia
sexual perversion. Paraphobia
shadows. Sciophobia Sciaphobia
shellfish. Ostraconophobia
shock. Hormephobia
Sin (having committed an unpardonable) or of criticism. Enosiophobia or Enissophobia
sinning. Hamartophobia
sinning. (imaginary crime) Peccatophobia
sitting down. Kathisophobia
sitting. Cathisophobia
sitting. Thaasophobia
skin disease. Dermatosiophobia or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia
skin lesions. Dermatophobia
sleep or of being hypnotized. Hypnophobia
sleep. Somniphobia
slime. Blennophobia
slime. (Blennophobia) Myxophobia
small things. Microphobia
small things. Mycrophobia
smells or odors. Osmophobia or Osphresiophobia
smells. Olfactophobia
Smelly people Autodysomophobia
snakes. (Ophidiophobia) Snakephobia
snakes. (Snakephobia) Ophidiophobia
snow. Chionophobia
social situations, being evaluated negatively in Social Phobia
society or people in general. Sociophobia
solitude or being alone. Monophobia
solitude, being alone. Isolophobia
sourness. Acerophobia
speaking in public or of trying to speak. Glossophobia
speaking. Laliophobia or Lalophobia
specters or ghosts. Spectrophobia
speed. Tachophobia
spiders. Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia
spirits. Pneumatiphobia
stairs, climbing or of falling downstairs. Climacophobia
standing or walking. (Ambulophobia) Stasibasiphobia or Stasiphobia
stared at or seen, being. Scopophobia or Scoptophobia
stared at. Ophthalmophobia
stars and celestial space. Astrophobia
stars. Siderophobia
staying single. Anuptaphobia
stealing. Cleptophobia
stealing. Kleptophobia
step-father. Vitricophobia
step-mother, your. Novercaphobia
stooping. Kyphophobia
strangers or foreigners. Xenophobia
streets or crossing the street. Agyrophobia
Streets, crossing. Dromophobia
string. Linonophobia
strings. Cnidophobia
stuttering. Psellismophobia
suffering and disease. Panthophobia
Sun, the Heliophobia
surgical operations. Tomophobia
swallowing or of eating or of being eaten. Phagophobia
symbolism. Symbolophobia
symmetry. Symmetrophobia
syphilis. Syphilophobia
taking medicine. Pharmacophobia
taking tests. Testophobia
tapeworms. Taeniophobia or Teniophobia
taste. Geumaphobia or Geumophobia
technology. Technophobia
teeth or dental surgery. Odontophobia
telephones. Telephonophobia
termites, insects that eat wood. Isopterophobia
theatres. Theatrophobia
theology. Theologicophobia
thinking. Phronemophobia
Thirteen, the number. Triskadekaphobia
thunder and lightning. Astraphobia or Astrapophobia
thunder and lightning. Brontophobia
thunder and lightning. Keraunophobia
thunder. Ceraunophobia
thunder. Tonitrophobia
tickled by feathers. Pteronophobia
time. Chronophobia
toads. Bufonophobia
tombstones. Placophobia
tornadoes and hurricanes. Lilapsophobia
Touched, being Aphenphosmphobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphephobia or Haptephobia
trains, railroads or train travel. Siderodromophobia
trees. Dendrophobia
trembling. Tremophobia
trichinosis. Trichinophobia
tuberculosis. Phthisiophobia
tuberculosis. Tuberculophobia
tyrants. Tyrannophobia
ugliness. Cacophobia
undressing in front of someone. Dishabiliophobia
urine or urinating. Urophobia
vaccination. Vaccinophobia
vegetables. Lachanophobia
vehicles. Ochophobia
ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsly represents a sentient being. Automatonophobia
veritgo or feeling dizzy when looking down. Illyngophobia
virgins or young girls. Parthenophobia
voids or empty spaces. Kenophobia
vomiting secondary to airsickness. Aeronausiphobia
vomiting. Emetophobia
walking or falling; Inability to stand. Basophobia or Basiphobia.
walking. Ambulophobia
Walloons. Walloonphobia
washing or bathing. Ablutophobia
wasps. Spheksophobia
water or of rabies. Hydrophobia
waves or wave like motions. Cymophobia
waves. Kymophobia
wealth. Plutophobia
wet dreams. Oneirogmophobia
white. Leukophobia
wild animals. Agrizoophobia
wind. Ancraophobia or Anemophobia
wind. Anemophobia
wines. Oenophobia
witches and witchcraft Wiccaphobia.
Women, beautiful. Caligynephobia, Venustraphobia
women. Gynephobia or Gynophobia
wooded areas, dark; of forests at night Nyctohylophobia
wooden objects Xylophobia
words. Logophobia
words. Verbophobia
work. Ergophobia
Working or functioning Ergasiophobia- 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon's fear of operating.
Worms, being infested with. Helminthophobia
worms. Scoleciphobia
Wrinkles, getting Rhytiphobia
writing in public. Scriptophobia
writing or handwriting. Graphophobia
yellow or the word yellow. Xanthophobia




Who Is That Person In The Health Suite, And What Does She (or He) Really Do?

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The school nurse is a pretty busy person. She usually does a number of different things as part of her job.

She is often the first medical person to see you if you get sick or hurt at school. Most people have met her when they got hit too hard by a baseball or had a cut or scrape. For this kind of thing, she may fix it up and send you back to class. If it is a fever or the flu, she takes care of you until your parents get there. Occasionally, someone has a bad accident or gets seriously ill at school. Then you really see her in action. She arranges for an ambulance or other emergency help and may start emergency medical care. Hopefully it will never happen, but it is nice to know that she can handle that sort of thing.

Some students need to take medicine at school. Unless you have special permission, don’t carry medicine around school in your pocket! People are very concerned about the issue of illegal drugs and you don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea! The nurse or an assistant should keep the medicine and give it to you at the right time. Some people really like that daily visit and the nurse gets to be a special friend. Other students are embarrased. They worry that people will find out about the medicines and will laugh at them. Let’s face it—some people can be rude or even cruel. If this worries you, talk to your doctor and to the school nurse. Between them, they may be able to figure a way to get around the problem.

Students with diabetes, asthma or other medical problems may get more intensive help from the nurse.

Occasionally, a student likes the health suite too much. Then the nurse may have to be firm and send him back to class.

A student may have a medical problem and be afraid to tell his or her parents. The nurse can often help you find a way to talk to your parents or your doctor.

Carol Watkins, MD

I Am Different But You May Not Know

I sit in the third row on the end. We just moved here, so I am new to this middle school. I visit the nurse a couple of times a day, but I go in the back of her office instead of standing in the pill line. Someone once saw me with a syringe and started a rumor that I was a drug addict. When we go out to a fast food restaurant and all of you are loading up on Mega-Burgers, fries and milkshakes, I just get a plain burger and a diet Coke. People give me looks. Maybe it would be better if I just told you that I have diabetes. It’s really not such a bad thing. I just don’t want to seem different. I see some of you whispering about other kids because they have a different accent or they always get the A on tests. I know that keeping my diabetes a secret could be dangerous, but around here being different is social death. What should I do?

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Carol Watkins, MD

Dealing with Bullies

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Bullies are not really brave. Deep inside, they are cowards. However, you do have to be brave to stand up to a bully.

There are many types of bullies and you will meet them in different places all your life. So, its a good idea to start learning how to deal with them now.

The best way to avoid being bullied is to learn to avoid being a target. Try not to give the bully an easy victim. Be the type of person that a bully would like to avoid. Look the bully in the eye and use a strong voice. That bully may decide that you are not someone he or she wants to pick on. Work on building good self esteem. If you feel confident inside yourself, you won’t look like a victim and it will be easier to stand up for your rights. Develop ties with friends and family. That way, you will not be as isolated. Finally, you should stick up for other kids who are being bullied. That way, people will see that you are not the type of person who puts up with bullies. Besides, the person you help, may do the same for you in the future.

It would be nice if this would eliminate bullying. Unfortunately, even if you do your best to avoid being a target, someone will still try to bully you. What do you do then?

Remember that you always have some choices. Usually, you should stand up to the bully and not give in. There are a few exceptions that we will mention at the end of this article. If people are using unkind words to tease you, try act as if it does not bother you. Go over a mental list of your good qualities. If ignoring is not enough, try to use humor to calm things down. Change the subject to something else that might interest everybody. If you think that a bully might be planning to bother you again, hang around with your friends, so you are not an isolated target. If you sense that you are in physical danger, get away as fast as possible. Yell for people to help you.

Bullies sometimes try to threaten you into keeping things a secret. This is not a good idea. Tell a trusted adult. This person may be able to help you out of the situation.

If you really feel that you are in physical danger, give the bully what he or she wants. Your safety is more important than money or a nice jacket. However, try not to get in a car or go to an isolated place with this person.

With self confidence and some common sense, you should be able to avoid most problems with bullies.

Carol E. Watkins, MD


Kids Can Be Depressed Too

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Everybody gets sad sometimes. You feel like your parents or your friends hate you and you want to stay up in your room and get away from them all. That can happen to anyone. However, the feelings usually pass in a few hours or a few days. Pretty soon, you are back to your usual self.

Occasionally, some kids get bad feelings that do not go away. The sad or angry feelings go on for weeks or months. He or she may lose interest in friends and school. It can affect appetite. Even the one’s very favorite food seems unappealing.

Kid Power: A guide to dealing with depression was written by an eleven year old boy who had depression himself. He divides depressed kids into two main types. "Turtles" become withdrawn and slow down. "Dragons" show their depression with increased irritability and anger.

If your depressed feelings have gone on for more than two weeks, if the depression is interfering with your life or if you start to wish you weren‘t around, tell an adult. Depression can be treated. You would be surprised how much better you will feel.

Carol E. Watkins, MD

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Northern County Psychiatric Associates
Our practice has experience in the treatment of Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD or ADHD), Separation Anxiety Disorder, and other psychiatric conditions. We are located in Northern Baltimore County and serve the Baltimore County, Carroll County and Harford County areas in Maryland. Since we are near the Pennsylvania border, we also serve the York County area.   Our services include psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and family therapy. We treat children, adults, and the elderly. Visit our web site or 

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