On a very sunny Saturday, a teen by the name of Bill was still in bed sleeping around noon. During his sleep he dreamed of taking a walk in the woods. He was dreaming of a walk in the woods as he longed to escape the confines of his room, and enjoy the outdoors.
After Bill woke up, he decided a nice walk through the woods is exactly what he needed. Bill got dressed an headed downstairs where his parents were waiting. He informed them of his plans, and they all thought that it was a great idea, or so they thought.
It looks like your son has pteridophobia.
During Bill's walk in the woods, he began to feel anxious for reasons unknown. As he continued down the path, he saw something that sent a chill down his entire body and caused him to tremble. Ferns, encumbered with perfect drops of dew, seemed to have caused Bill to start freaking out.
The sight of the ferns seemed to unsettle Bill so much, that he suddenly dropped to the ground and lost consciousness. The sight of the menacing, malevolent ferns left Bill laying lifelessly on the dirt path. It would take hours for someone to find him.
Hours later, bill awoke in a hospital room. He immediately listened in on a conversation that his mother and the doctor were having. The doctor talked about some strange thing called pteridophobia, that Bill apparently had.
Years later Bill attended therapy sessions to try and overcome the gruesome fear of ferns that he had. Over time he has made lots of progress, but it will be years before he can become more comfortable around ferns.