Researchers say a 14-year-old boy in Mexico is possibly the first reported child in the word to be diagnosed with an extreme fear of aging known as gerascophoia. The boy’s fear was reportedly so intense that he cut his food intake and learning that nutrients in food promote growth. As a result he lost 26 pounds. The boy would also walked with a stoop to hide how tall he was and even spoke in a higher pitch to make himself sound younger. The researchers investigating the case say the boy was abused at a young age and his mother provided “excessive care.” The boy received treatment and medication, and has since regained 13 pounds, stands straight, and uses his regular voice. The researchers note that there have only been two other reported cases of gerascophobia and both of them were in adults.—Jim L. Wilson & Jim Sandell.
Teen boy suffers extreme fear of aging, By Elizabeth Armstrong, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/02/05/teen-boy-fear-of-aging-gerascophobia/22920045, Accessed February 5, 2015.
John 14:27 (TLB) "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”