My poor difficult child is having daily melt-downs and outbursts about school starting on 8/29. He's worried about the kids who tease him, about not being popular, about the amount of homework, about the "mean" teachers, about not having any fun for months and about our family not having the kinds of clothes and toys the other families do. He literally cries and cries and get so worked up about it. At other times when he is swallowing the fear he lashes out in anger. It all started when he became incensed that easy child and I were making fun of our dog by calling him pet names instead of his actual name. This is nothing new, we've always had nicknames for our precious pet, but suddenly difficult child considers this mocking and belittling behavior. difficult child does very well academically, that is not an issue thank God. Believe me, I know how blessed we are by that fact alone. How do I help him to get past the next two weeks and hopefully see that school is not going to be as bad as he's predicting? I think one calls this...cognitive distortions...according to psychiatrist.