Sometimes, parents or caregivers unknowingly give inputs that might trigger Thalassophobia in children. In fact, their anxiety may be so intense that they may even endure a full blown panic attack as a result of it. Does anyone have advice? It is characterized by waves of panic when confronted with the murky unknown depths of the ocean. It’s also probably best to opt for clear water so that you can see the bottom. Access the best success, personal development, health, fitness, business, and financial advice....all for FREE! I think my phobia of the ocean began in third grade, when we did a big research project on the titanic. It’s also like I get anxiety about something in the water watching me, but I can’t see it. You never know how they will take it. Also the creatures lurking there, some are downright out of a Lovecraftian novel. I’m pretty sure i have the aquaphobia fear, which is really hard for me because I’m on the swim team at my school. It refers to an intense and often unwarranted fear of the ocean. Get me out of there lol. Similarly, real cases of ships including the Titanic drowning in the vast ocean have been made terrifyingly realistic by their movie versions. I feel I can’t breath when this happens. I act strong and jump in and then I freak out and I scream and kick. I don’t go on the boat, either, because I’m scared to get in the water. oh MAN i cant even think about the ocean or close my eyes with the thought of it or i will start breaking down. I was wondering why i am scared of the ocean but im only scared of the thought of the bottom not going on a boat. I don’t know if I have this or just a fear of the unknown. 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. I tried to jump from the boat but i got scared because the boatman said it’s 30 feet down below, im like that’s too deep! A series of hypnosis sessions help “debug the response to the fear” eventually minimizing the anxiety caused each time one sees the ocean. They said it was a stupid phobia because “oh who’s scared of the ocean? Whether that is disabilitates an individual is really a judgement of the individual. I guess it’s the thought of having all that vast, empty space underneath me that’s scary, plus not being able to see the bottom. Then i freaked out more when i saw the corals beside us, it was too high and big, it almost reached the surface. I must have developed it during my tweens or late childhood. Now my phobia is basically when I see something really big in oceans, like a boat or a large whale. However, I’m scared of sharks and squids and my ABSOLUTE worst fear is going too far out and not being able to feel the sand. It isn’t just living things though. My sister had to carry me on her back. We sat at the front of the boat and the waves were huge. Oh also when I think of what “lurks” in the sea it terrifies me and I can’t think properly and I can barely breathe. We have also seen documentaries of large squids being washed up on the shore or hauled out by fishermen. It is not contradictory. What can you do to overcome your fear? 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. I’m not sure where it stemmed from because again I’ve never even been in the ocean nor far out in any large body of water. Many fears are actually common, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Hydrophobia on the other hand, develops in the advanced stage of Rabies and might make a person so afraid of water that he refuses to drink any liquid. From then on I’ve always had a fear of the ocean it scares me to go past my thigh. So, as you can imagine, my fear of water, which happens to combine my other two fears, only adds to this phobia. It’s so drastic that I start to feel afraid (closed chest, panicked breathing) even in freaking swimming pools. Often, we read news reports of Great white sharks, electric eels or other dangerous sea predators attacking swimmers in the ocean. A part of me was very uneasy but gave it a shot. I started shaking and crying uncontrollably. I have had a huge fear of the ocean since I was 7 because that was when I heard about stone fish and lion fish. If there’s nothing underwater and it’s just water, it’s not so bad, but once it starts getting too dark or a creature is seen… no. So maybe it would make sense to find another pool with has clear water, or to resume your classes once the water at your local pool is clear again. I cannot even walk through an aquarium. Dark or opaque waters can add to your anxiety about the deeps. The waves get to me so easily. Sadly, I can’t swim in them without having a panic attack. It’s the waves man. Shaking or trembling at the sight of the ocean. 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. The fear still hasn’t subsided until now. I can’t handle that either. But yeah, seeing underwater levels in games, seeing the ocean and anything involving the ocean in movies… extreme discomfort and anxiety. Eventually – hopefully not too long after you start – you should have built up your immunity to the fear of large expanses of water and start to join in all the things you’d contrived to avoid because of your phobia. 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. 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. 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. I was like this as a kid, I learned to love water, then it started again when I was about 18… from the time I was 9 years old until I was 18 I was totally fine with swimming in the water at the beach again ND I was OK with swimming in pools from about age 5 til 18. This is all so real and it is very frightening. I’m pretty sure I don’t have an actual phobia of the ocean when I compare my symptoms to others, but it’s very borderline. I love swimming, and i love the ocean (never swam in the ocean tho, parents). 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 grew up always going to the beach and swimming, so it’d be unusual to be afraid of the ocean, but I really can’t stand the sight of it. Now I’ve found that I’m not the only one having this phobia. It’s the water, itself, that bothers me. My family has a lake house and I cannot get in. It’s a real phobia and it’s not a “stupid one”. I swam across a small lake once and it was so murky I could barely see the bottom through even three feet. I’m terrified of it. I thought it was just me but one day I had an experience on the jet ski. I fear deep clear water that I can see the bottom of because I can see what is below me. But then we went on a dolphin tour boat. Then all of again sudden one day I was swimming WAY too far from the shore with my sister and had a sudden burst of anxiety, tried to touch bottom, couldn’t. I hate not being able to see through water. Agoraphobia is the name, and it is the fear of open spaces of water or land.The fear is of a physical attack from an unknown object or animal. Got the same phobia as me.. haha hello from malaysia . If you’re afraid of man-made objects, machinery, old shipwrecks under the water you could be suffering from submechanophobia. I think i’m not scared of the water exactly, just being touched by something i cant see. I plan to continue being on the swim team for a couple more years. I tried to float cause I couldn’t bear the feeling of the ocean floor under my feet. But I firmly decline when I have to board a small motorboat or a kayak. I dont understand whats happening to me. If I see a picture of a sea animal I get really hot and scared. 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. Bathophobia is a fear of depths or deep things, (for swimmers who dislike swimming over deep water). Tried to see bottom and all I could see was the tips of seaweed and even that was a good 15 feet below me. This fear makes doing all sorts of things that other people regard as normal awkward or near enough impossible. But because I was in so much panic my hands, legs and mind couldn’t work at the same time. I started having a panic attack attack and my sister had to pull me out of the water. Our experiences have similarities.. And it sucks. I think it started when my family and I used to go to this hotel with a swimming pool that had a dark blue whale shape on the tiles. This can take all sorts of different forms – some people seem almost allergic to water and avoid it at almost any cost. This fear makes doing all sorts of things that other people regard as normal awkward or near enough impossible. Now, the sheer thought of being near large lakes, oceans or even swimming pools is terrifying. Even pictures of the ocean, especially wide, crystal clear sea water where you can see the bottom of the water. I started swimming back to the boat when i decide to look down into the lake water (i’m 8 at time) Its dark and murky green and I FREAK out . Let’s just say I won’t be going out on the ocean any time soon. . I love the sea, ocean, beach, everything to do with the ocean. There are other surveys about fear of water or deep water that found lower percentages than the two-thirds (really 64%) you mentioned. (My sister and I are fourteen, she has this problem too). It was the worst pain i have experienced and has scared me every since. Gradually exposing oneself to the ocean can also, overtime, help one completely overcome Thalassophobia. Cool thx for the phobia I described and used it for a project for a school project, I don’t know what causes me so I can have this kind of phobia, but what I know when I look at a picture or video of ocean that really dark I couldn’t see it’s just terrify me like I was in that picture. After discussing with my friends, because it was too pricey and the waves were getting bigger, we decided to give it a try. It is an extreme, extreme fear. I do realize good swimmers can drown. I can’t help but feel that my life is a bit of a contradiction. After all, most people are able to acknowledge a fear, then move on. 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 can’t watch or see any image or video of open water or under water. The game starts you in a safe, shallow area. I am a scuba diving instructor who has (after 1500 dives and hundreds of hours in the deep) developed this phobia. I live in a wonderful, and slightly privileged, home and acting scared is a no-go. I try to just swim and let it be but it scares me to death when I look straight down in some of the pools of the teams I swim against. Most puddles and small ponds are murky and you can’t see the bottom, even though they’re not very deep. Showering is fine, I can go fishing and have no problem. This phobias mainly about the sea and super deep water full of varies of creatures we havent discovered yet or also ones we have. I remember playing GTA V once and going into the ocean, and even then I felt extremely uncomfortable in the ocean (it really didn’t help that my character started drowning either lol). We had a lot of cuts, me on my feet and legs that i’m still having a hard time to walk properly, while my friend has a huge cut on her back side and hands that still aches, and torn shorts to remember that day. I just like to be able to see what’s under the water. It builds up so fast, I feel myself loosing control and my hands get sweaty, my breathing gets heavy and I have to look away because I can’t look at it. Others don’t like vast expanses of water or places where the water is too deep (or murky or both) to see the bottom. When I put my toes in, I freak out. Anything to get your mind used to the idea that water is your enemy. Not even swimming pools with a deep end. I get this, too! Thalassophobia is often related to fear of salty water, fear of large waves, fear of distance from the land as well as fear of the vast emptiness. Seeing water can trigger intense fear and anxiety in a person with aquaphobia. Typically, the fear of the ocean phobia presents a variety of physical and emotional symptoms like: Naturally, these could be debilitating symptoms especially when they interfere with one’s social activities involving beaches or when the phobic has to encounter the sea frequently. I don’t think anyone did. They instructed us to hold on to the boat, put our faces down in the water while it was running. I can and have handled being on a boat, but only because the driver of the boat knew my fears and didn’t act like a nutcase. I am terrified of under water in lakes, seas, rivers, oceans, ponds, puddles (e.t.c) If I go in a boat which I can just about handle, and it has clear water and I can see the bottom I have a panic attack. That time, i got worried that we would crash into one, but i still trusted our boatman. We availed an island hopping and snorkeling package and i thought that the boatman would take us directly into the snorkeling area, turns out that the boat is not allowed in that area and that we had to swim by ourselves if we wanted to see the fish. In fact I can be in a pool all day! I’ve had some of the worst dreams about tanks and oceans… I never got hurt in any of the dreams but the anxiety from each situation was enough to send me into a panic attack in my dream. Cryophobia (or Frigophobia or Cheimatophobia) is a fear of cold, cold weather or cold things. Several types of therapies have shown positive results in overcoming the fear of the ocean. Someone suffering from this condition can expect to experience a very high amount of anxiety from merely thinking of water, let alone actually seeing it. My second one, which was 3 days ago went like this. My fear didn’t really kick in until I went out far and I swam under a little bit feet first trying to touch the bottom until the water around my feet was freezing, like tens of degrees different from the water by my head. My mom noticed and talked to me later and I described the terrible feeling of being in the unknown, things like the dark, or a closed shower curtain in the bathroom all scare me. If in real life I can’t dive or snorkelling in ocean that have really dark ground(?) I try my best to overcome it. The thought of going in water past my thighs is too much for me to handle. i think i would straight up hyperventilate and pass out if i got in the water– mostly the ocean. I’m not afraid to go to the beach with someone, but I could never go alone. I’ve never had a problem in the ocean until I went to Destin and swam in the ocean for the first time. 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