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A Fox News contributor, Chris Kilham, mentioned a growing phenomenon called "nature phobias." These are people who are, literally, afraid of nature because our modern lifestyles have separated us from natural spaces so much that many have literally never even been in any more natural than a man-made park in the city.
The phenomenon, which you can read about here is one that many will have a hard time comprehending. Yet nature phobias are listed in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual's fifth edition (DSM-5). Kilham himself came across the idea thanks to a book by Richard Louv titled Last Child in the Woods.
Nature phobias are most prevalent in children, likely because recent generations of city-born and raised children have many things disconnecting them from the natural world, including the increasing use of electronics, an increasingly sterile environment, lack of natural spaces to explore, etc.
Kilham goes on to describe the illness and not only how it came about, but what psychiatrists are doing to study it. It's a phenomenon that many parents may not be aware of, but should be.
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