A condition characterized by a great fear for school is known as Didaskaleinophobia. Separation Anxiety is the common name used to describe this condition in most of the cases. Many doctors argue that separation anxiety stems out of a fear of getting separated from the parents along with the fear of attending the school. These doctors often opine that the Didaskaleinophobia is a kind of separation anxiety.
It is believed that this phobia is closely associated with the children within the age group of 12; it has the tendency of affecting the children and the teens simultaneously and may even continue into adulthood in exceptional cases. Most of the children have an apprehension that something wrong is going to happen to them in the school. Others are scared that something is likely to happen to their loved ones and parents when they are away from them. Some children exhibit fears related to other phobias too.
The most common kind of behaviors associated with Didaskaleinophobia consists of refusal to attend school, frequent complaints of illness and severe apprehension of harm to be caused to parents and themselves. Under such circumstances the child is likely to be extremely dependent on the parents and finds it difficult to leave them and tries to show temper tantrums when asked to do so. Children suffering from this condition are commonly found to be introverts and prefer being isolated.
Most of the doctors feel that children need to overcome this phobia else it may divulge into various other phobias the child may develop by the time he/she reaches their adulthood. Depression and emotional problems may seem never ending for these children. Various studies have been carried out to study and evaluate the phobias occurring in children.
The best treatment for Didaskaleinophobia is by giving counseling sessions to the children to cope up with their respective fears. The school administration needs to co-operate under such circumstances as after school visits are the most common in treating the condition. These visits are designed to help the child become comfortable in the school environment along with the parents. The duration of the visits can vary and may increase to make the child comfortable with the teachers.
Medication is prescribed only in severe cases of Didaskaleinophobia. Beta blockers or antidepressants are the most common medicines used to treat the condition. But these medications can also have side effects associated with them. Usage of antidepressants is also linked to suicide in teens and children.