I thought I was going to collapse. Aquaphobia is actually the fear of all kinds of water bodies or of flooding from rains, and sometimes may even be triggered by the water in a bathtub. Also the creatures lurking there, some are downright out of a Lovecraftian novel. Gradually exposing oneself to the ocean can also, overtime, help one completely overcome Thalassophobia. The question of the fear you are referring to Thalassophobia. So do any of these pictures of swimmers who are in danger (or even perfectly safe) make you feel dread? That night I had a nightmare where I was stranded in the middle of the ocean and a creature pulled me down and drowned me. I cannot swim in water where I can’t see the bottom. I told her to get me out and she just said to me “stop being so dramatic”. I love to swim in pools, and sometimes in rivers, but the moment I get to go to the beach, I never get in. And yet, I’m pretty much fine with shark movies and want to go in a shark cage, and am totally fine with the entire underwater portion of Cthulhu games. I have this phobia and I just googled it to find the exact term for it. “Thalassophobia” comes from the Greek words thalassa (sea) and phobos (fear), and it generally refers to a deep, irrational fear of the ocean’s vastness and what may lurk deep within it. I don’t go on the boat, either, because I’m scared to get in the water. On my honeymoon I went to Jamaica and was brave enough to attempt snorkeling and even a catamaran cruise to the caves and even jumped off the boat. Nothing scares me more than this. It works well, just taking a bit longer than the first option. Or river that I can’t see the below or swimming pool at night that don’t have light beneath it. Nervousness, shaking, slight numbness, and movie reels of death and drowning are played in my mind. The only water I could swim in is the type of water that I can see through clearly, like pool water. Being in a pool is no problem at all! I quietly turned my head and started silently shaking. Our experiences have similarities.. And it sucks. The first one was okay but i needed to hold to the boat or a part of it while looking down below because i was afraid to get swept away from the boat, God knows what creature i might encounter there, lol anyway, it’s beautiful as long as the fish are far away from me. *** Small Business Marketing Tips – Effective Ways to Get Success! It’s a real phobia and it’s not a “stupid one”. My friend invited me to her lake house and my Husband and I went on the water. It was the worst pain i have experienced and has scared me every since. its nice to know what to call it now.. i only realized last summer i had this fear.. me and my grandma go kayaking every summer since i was 8 but last summer was different, i got into the boat like usual and paddled around the main little marsh for a bit then i wanted to go farther than 2 houses over this time.. i got a little past a rock that when i was little i wasn’t allowed to cross.. but now that im quite older i passed it.. idk what happened but as i did i just started having a panic attack.. i told myself to calm down and to drink my ice tea and keep going so i did but was still on edge.. as i kept going it someway got worse.. i looked around expecting any moment for a killer whale or seal to just grab and rip me under.. anyway i hope i get over it soon cause my friends wanted me to do stuff that would prove difficult with this fear.. like see islands and on pride its a tradition that we all (me and friends) run into the ocean and do a lap around the marked off spot in only underwear.. lol. I hope someone can relate. I won’t go snorkeling for a while. Most ocean floors are deeper than mt everest is tall.. I dont understand whats happening to me. When I was searching “thalassophobia” on Google, you probably know that pictures of the ocean are going to come up, and I’m trying to act strong and sh*t I clicked on Google Images, that was a mistake. Just thinking & talking about it makes me feel like I’m going to faint, but seeing it on screen, underwater, in pics and videos, makes my heart skip a beat. The fear still hasn’t subsided until now. Many fears are actually common, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). ***Why Anger Arises in The Family (And How To Let It Go), ***5 Ways To Increase The Joy In Your Relationships, What God and the Bible Really Say About Divorce, Progressive Treatment for Concussion and TBI, Small Businesses Turn Leads into Sales by Responding Quickly. I once tried diving into an 11ft pool at night to overcome it but I just ended up scrambling my way up back to the top because I was so scared. I like fishing, but I don’t like touching fish. I don’t know what to do. The hardest movies for me to watch are ones where people are lost at sea, particularly in a stormy sea with big waves, like Castaway or especially Life of Pi where you could see a giant ship sinking thousands of feet down. Also my brother did not make the situation any better. oh MAN i cant even think about the ocean or close my eyes with the thought of it or i will start breaking down. Several NLP sessions might be needed to minimize and eliminate ocean phobia, depending upon its severity. I am greatly afraid of the darkness and vastness of the ocean. My family has a lake house and I cannot get in. I am not scared of pools because I can see the bottom and the water is clear, but I am absolutely horrified of lakes and oceans. Feeling detached with reality, feeling numb or being unable to express oneself clearly. I was so pissed and scared at the same time because they didn’t tell us! You want to limit any other discomforts you might feel, like freezing water or lots of spectators, so find a body of water that is comfortable in every other way besides your fear of the deeps. I made this gigantic post to sort of describe my fear of man made objects submerged in water and give useful info about how some other fears I have may have produced this fear or maybe enhanced it. It isn’t just living things though. I'm now at a point where I can easily venture into the deepest regions without fear; whereas when I started the game I would have easily panicked. I’m not scared of being on a ship though or a secure boat. I’m OK with lakes and rivers, but the sheer vastness of the ocean terrifies me. I definitely have it. But because I was in so much panic my hands, legs and mind couldn’t work at the same time. I’d always avoid that part of the pool because I felt like something would pull me down or swallow me whole. I feel panicked. Some cases of Thalassophobia are so severe that the symptoms might interfere with the sufferer’s day to day life. My friend also saw it and started panicking, then after that we crashed into a coral. That first part is exactly how I feel it. I’m going to the beach and I don’t know what to do. It’s also like I get anxiety about something in the water watching me, but I can’t see it. I’m pretty sure this phobia affects me. I’m tiny compared to the vastness of the ocean, I’m nothing compared to it. when i am in water, and cant feel the bottom anymore i panic like there is a huge black hole and start swimming really fast until i can touch again...only if i cant see through it. I have persisted to dive since this in order to try and overcome it and have managed to tame it so that I am happy in shallow water or in beautiful flat conditions. It’s pretty weird what I do and don’t react to involving deep dark waters and what god-awful creatures are in it. Water is a normal thing to be afraid of – it’s possible to drown in it, currents could sweep you away, all sorts of creatures (known and unknown) live in it. The thought that I’m so far gone I can’t even swim in pools is scary, but how I’m gonna make this fear better, I don’t know for the love of me. I don’t know if I have this or just a fear of the unknown. They instructed us to hold on to the boat, put our faces down in the water while it was running. From then on I’ve always had a fear of the ocean it scares me to go past my thigh. Thalassophobia is the fear of the sea or deep water. I never felt like this until today. The thought of a drop of, or deep water, or just not being able to see the bottom makes me so nervous. Seeing rotting logs, moss, seaweed, etc puts my anxiety into overload. I’m not scared of the ocean- I think… I love surfing, and collecting seashells and jumping over waves, etc. I attempt so hard to go into the ocean but I cant. This part should probably be on a different phobia but… Anyway once i was tubing and i fell off. No one that i’ve told about this really believes me and thinks it’s a weird thing especially because i love the beach and don’t mind lakes or pools. Obviously, as the water gets deeper, it gets darker and you never know what lays on the bottom. I love going on boat and fishing trips, I am even euphoric when I am on a boat, watching my mates fish and I have the deep drive to go into the water and swim. This is the pure nightmare of every thalassophobe. But thinking back, I definitely had this as a kid, which is strange, because I’ve always loved swimming and secretly wanted to be a merman, haha. It seems though a fear of water that is somehow confined to a small space, such as a tank or pipes. 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I can’t stand to look at pictures of deep water, or videos of people scuba diving. My mind started racing and I thought of all the sea creatures that were below me. (And I LOVE roller-coasters). It is fear or anxiety associated with the sea or water bodies of various types, though; many Bathophobic individuals are … I tested myself to see if I really was scared by watching a video of a whale jumping out of water. I’m also afraid of fish and the dark. Serious help. Get me out of there lol. The fear of water, or aquaphobia, can be as simple as being afraid to put your head in the water, or avoiding water altogether. But it’s not just that. In that way it’s sort of like my intense arachnophobia (to the point where if footage of a spider pops up on TV unexpectedly I cringe so hard I can hear my ears contract) even though I’ve never knowingly been bit by a spider. When I finally got out, I started to cry a little and upon my reaction they only said, “stop being such a wuss, look at those little kids playing in the sea, look at your sister, who is way younger having fun”. I hate the thought of the ocean drop off, I can’t even think about it. When I reached the shore it got worse and worse and I realized i was stung by a jellyfish. It makes me tremble just thinking or looking at a picture of the bottom of the ocean, its to do with getting trapped or encountering sea creatures. My biggest problem is when I’m in the water and go out deeper. It strikes in the most irrational of places, like at the pool when I have to close my eyes while going under (if I have goggles it’s fine) I am sort of like “what if I just teleported to the middle of the ocean? I just don’t know what’s in it, it makes me feel so small and want to curl up and cry. 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