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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2014, Article ID 706439, 6 pages
Case Report

Severe Growing-Up Phobia, a Condition Explained in a 14-Year-Old Boy

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Francisco I. Madero Avenue W and Gonzalitos Avenue, 64460 Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Received 8 September 2014; Revised 19 November 2014; Accepted 26 November 2014; Published 21 December 2014

Academic Editor: Samuele Cortese

Copyright © 2014 Laurencia Perales-Blum et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present the clinical case of a 14-year-old boy with gerascophobia or an excessive fear of aging, who felt his body development as a threat, to the point where he took extreme measures to stop or otherwise hide growth. He had a history of separation anxiety, sexual abuse, and suffering bullying. He presented with anxious and depressive symptoms and food restriction, criticized his body image, had negative feelings towards the maturation process, suffered at the thought of being rejected, and was preoccupied with certain physical characteristics. We conducted an analysis of biological, psychological, and environmental factors and their possible interactions and established treatment with psychotherapy and fluoxetine. Because of the favorable results, this approach could be considered a good option in such cases.