# phobia

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

It's not unusual for children to be afraid of the dark. Parents try to soothe those fears, making a big show of looking under beds and in closets and announcing that there are no monsters hiding, and then leaving a nightlight on either in the room or just outside the doorway to ease suspicious minds. None of these precautions, of course, are a guarantee that small bodies won't be dashing into their parents' bedroom and hunkering down under the covers sometime during the wee hours.