I definitely have it. I’m tiny compared to the vastness of the ocean, I’m nothing compared to it. I thought it was just me but one day I had an experience on the jet ski. Like all fears some of it more of a fear of the unknown. I don’t know if I have this or just a fear of the unknown. I’m gonna leave how I feel about it here because it might help someone relate. I hope someone can relate. I cannot swim in water where I can’t see the bottom. 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. That time, i got worried that we would crash into one, but i still trusted our boatman. creatures also terrify me; angler fish, sharks, even dolphins. 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. 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. So start with those – maybe put your wellies on and actually paddle in them. . But my worst experience is when I went out to the lake on a friend’s boat. Often, we read news reports of Great white sharks, electric eels or other dangerous sea predators attacking swimmers in the ocean. I’m also afraid of fish and the dark. Most puddles and small ponds are murky and you can’t see the bottom, even though they’re not very deep. I went on a roller-coaster at Wonderland and it went over a small body of water, thought i was going to die. god i start tearing up thinking about that fish in finding nemo its so pathetic. The thought of a drop of, or deep water, or just not being able to see the bottom makes me so nervous. A series of hypnosis sessions help “debug the response to the fear” eventually minimizing the anxiety caused each time one sees 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. It is not contradictory. Once I got used to swimming there, I slowly branched out into progressively deeper water. Slimy, gross, stringy plants. I couldn’t go knee deep even if my life depended on it. I believe like everyone here that this has perfectly described my fears. Also known as Psychophobia. You never know how they will take it. 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. I was in a tube that was being dragged by a boat and the tube hit a giant wave that sent me flying. That first part is exactly how I feel it. Does anyone have advice? 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. If you’re in a tourist area like the Florida Keys, you can take a tour on a glass bottomed boat. But its strange to love the ocean and beach as its refreshing the mind and calming and at the same time being scared of the ocean, scared to swim very far and have the fear of dark water or the idea of diving and keep imagining dangerous sea creatures. I can’t watch or see any image or video of open water or under water. Let’s just say I won’t be going out on the ocean any time soon. 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 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. In fact I can be in a pool all day! I love swimming, and i love the ocean (never swam in the ocean tho, parents). 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. "Be careful what yoo water your dreams with at them with worry and fear and you will produce ed at choke the life from your dream. I’ve had dreams where I’m taking a shower and the bottom of the tub disappears and I’m in the ocean. Nervousness, shaking, slight numbness, and movie reels of death and drowning are played in my mind. My parents remember me loving baths and the next day I would cry and run away for no reason. I get this, too! 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. 2. I don’t mind the creatures that live there – in fact, I find them fascinating. Also english is not my native language, sorry for any mistakes. It’s a real phobia and it’s not a “stupid one”. Several types of therapies have shown positive results in overcoming the fear of the ocean. Agoraphobia is the name, and it is the fear of open spaces of water or land. It’s a bit weird since when I was little, I loved being in the water and I could swim without problems. 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 tried to float cause I couldn’t bear the feeling of the ocean floor under my feet. I started shaking and crying uncontrollably. 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. I used to watch videos with my dad on tv and when a scene would come up where there would be deep seas, ocean or dark caves with water I would instantly having a panic attack. And I can’t tell them how much sea terrifies me because they could never understand so I just don’t talk about it ever. Thalassophobia is the fear of the sea or deep water. I’m pretty sure this phobia affects me. My family thinks I’m crazy and whenever I mention it to someone they just laugh or they look at me like I’m crazy. I went to Florida last year and I was fine going in the ocean to swim in shallow water. If I see a picture of a sea animal I get really hot and scared. But can you blame me? I feel that too but I always try to force myself and to go a little bit further but I know its very scary and I couldn’t go deeper. Gradually exposing oneself to the ocean can also, overtime, help one completely overcome Thalassophobia. But because I was in so much panic my hands, legs and mind couldn’t work at the same time. Once you’ve mastered these small areas, work up to larger ones. 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. The waves get to me so easily. 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 . Any picture of the deep scares me and any kind of dark water gives me anxiety. If you don’t have a fear of deep water, but you’re curious about your specific fear, check out what your phobia reveals about your personality. It was the worst pain i have experienced and has scared me every since. Your email address will not be published. The jet ski flipped and both of us fell in, my husband got back on and tried to help me up. I’m pretty sure I have this phobia. My friend invited me to her lake house and my Husband and I went on the water. I’ve been reading through the comments just to see if anyone had the same feelings that I did. I have this phobia. But it’s not just that. So it’s not unusual to have a fear of water. That was some major progress. And I always think “OMG there are so many things in the ocean so much bigger than me”. I actually do remember being under the water and it scared me. Fear is odd in that it’s actually quite scared of you but, like all bullies, it puts up a façade and lets you think that it’s more powerful than it really is. The only water I could swim in is the type of water that I can see through clearly, like pool water. I am a scuba diving instructor who has (after 1500 dives and hundreds of hours in the deep) developed this phobia. Nothing scares me more than this. 1. Swimming when there is waves is NOT an option because I actually fear (even though it’s not logical because I it just lake huron) that a wave will come up and a shark or something will be in it and I’ll die. My biggest problem is when I’m in the water and go out deeper. 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. 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. 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 start thrashing around when suddenly a piece of seaweed touches my foot. I hate it I have this kind of phobia, actually I really wanted to try diving but I can’t because of this phobia. Some people may experience panic attacks when near … Exactly, I got you. I don’t think this fear I’ve developed will pass. They said it was a stupid phobia because “oh who’s scared of the ocean? I believe I have this phobia. This is all so real and it is very frightening. I have talked about this with some people but some of them made fun of me because of it. Feeling detached with reality, feeling numb or being unable to express oneself clearly. if the water is deep but I can see the bottom I’m fine its just the not seeing bottom part I freak out with. If in real life I can’t dive or snorkelling in ocean that have really dark ground(?) Bathophobia means the fear of depths. 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. As soon as I leave to boat ladder and I am surrounded by deep blue water my lungs start to contract and when I look down into the nothingness I get a sting from my heart and a high pitch sound in my ears. I cannot even walk through an aquarium. I kept thinking “my foot is dangling, there’s sea creatures down there, something is going to pull me under, this lake is so deep”. He had told me that sunfish (you know huge creepy looking flat fish) lived in the lake. Some cases of water phobias may even be related to the fear of swallowing. Anything to get your mind used to the idea that water is your enemy. I’m terrified of it. There are other surveys about fear of water or deep water that found lower percentages than the two-thirds (really 64%) you mentioned. Everyone handles it and feels differently. I’ve dreamt about being on a seat that is in the air at amusement parks and fairs and all of a sudden it stops over an orca tank and I fall in. I quietly turned my head and started silently shaking. The thought of drop offs just twists my brain. People who are very afraid of violent death or particularly of drowning are likelier to develop Thalassophobia aggravated by these movies and books. 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. I can’t get in the deep end of any pool without someone else there which makes me ALWAYS lose sprints. We sat at the front of the boat and the waves were huge. Of course, the sufferer knows there’s no way they can drown in a sink, but still can’t help but get nervous when around water … I feel I can’t breath when this happens. Oceans are vast and relatively unexplored and people already suffering from anxiety disorders fear it due to its “mysteries”. Aquaphobia is the irrational fear of water. 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. 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. Hope everyone gets released from the evil mental and emotional bondage of fear in Jesus name Amen. I tried to explain that it’s a lot more than that and they just wouldn’t listen so I gave up. Then i really panicked when we just passed a coral that was so close to my face that i changed positions and started floating away. I remember being in the bath as a kid and went under the water to rinse the shampoo from my hair and as soon as I went under I thought of everything that could live under any body of water and had an anxiety attack. I was afraid of the water. lets just say don’t show me pictures or videos or else I’ll get scared, when i look of pictures of the bottom of the ocean or vids it just freaks me out my friends think im nuts though. There are two main ways to get rid of any fear: * Confront it head on – that works really well but most people don’t like to try it I felt like we were going to sink and images of drowning were in my head. Two-thirds of Americans are afraid of deep, open bodies of water and 46% are afraid of the deep-end of a pool. I love being in the ocean though. It seems though a fear of water that is somehow confined to a small space, such as a tank or pipes. Still I love the ocean, its mysteries and stories and I want do dive and discover stuff so badly – yet I can’t since my brain does not allow it. 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. So here’s the catch. Obviously, as the water gets deeper, it gets darker and you never know what lays on the bottom. You have “I’m going to scream and die if I touch the ocean, I don’t want that” and then you have “the ocean just makes me uncomfortable.” I’m still in the ‘uncomfortable’ category but just barely touching the line of having a phobia. My friend got stuck between the boat and the coral, she almost stepped on the sea urchins but were glad that we were able to bring her up. 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. “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 was getting anxiety just readin about what the phobia was. Popular books like Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea have explored mythical and monstrous sea creatures (namely the Kraken which is a prehistoric cephalopod). Especially the ocean. Inside a bath tub. 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 was so out this time because i just realized how small i was in this world and that these creatures could easily eat us if they wanted to. I have a swimming pool with the deepest part 5 ½ feet, but I do not like to swim under the water and certainly will not open my eyes under water. Snorkelling has become part and parcel of your average beach holiday. I swam across a small lake once and it was so murky I could barely see the bottom through even three feet. 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. Seeing rotting logs, moss, seaweed, etc puts my anxiety into overload. It was fun until I realized I was alone floating in the middle of the lake. It’s the water, itself, that bothers me. I’m sorry for any mistakes here but English is not my native language so…, I have this phobia. I know for a fact I have this fear… I can swim since my dad taught me growing up. If I am in a pool that has a deep end, I will not go there; I must feel the bottom of the pool. 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I want to keep my fear a secret though. 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. After all, most people are able to acknowledge a fear, then move on. But if i’m swimming and cant see the bottom i have to immediately get out. I don’t know if I have this phobia. The thought of anything under the surface of the ocean scares the living daylights out of me, yet I have a really bizarre love and obsession with boats and any other seafaring vessel. Whenever i see a creepy picture of the ocean or a sea creatures in the ocean my heart stops and i have to look away. I don’t go on the boat, either, because I’m scared to get in the water. Please Register or Login to post new comment. I used to live near the ocean, the 4th largest island in the world, Borneo. In fact, their anxiety may be so intense that they may even endure a full blown panic attack as a result of it. As A Child. A negative or traumatic event (experienced directly or indirectly), can also trigger a deep fear of Oceans. I definitely have thalassaphobia. The water was like black and my chest hurt so much and I was pretty sure I was going to die but I wanted to be a good sport for my husband. The fear is mostly that there is something down there that … I’d been searching for this when I thought I really do fear the deep sea and big ocean creatures. 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. And my father is a navy officer and only gets posted to places surrounded by sea. I like fishing, but I don’t like touching fish. It is fear or anxiety associated with the sea or water bodies of various types, though; many Bathophobic individuals are … You’ve already made a start by recognizing it. Whenever I see a picture of the ocean I feel uneasy and a bit dizzy to the point where I have to look away. I never felt like this until today. A part of me was very uneasy but gave it a shot. We have also seen documentaries of large squids being washed up on the shore or hauled out by fishermen. My sister had to carry me on her back. YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF. 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. The common fear of deep water is really a fear of not being able to touch the bottom and therefore of sinking. Well, one day my family was watching an advertisement for the Meg. One of my friends who grew up on an island was not afraid so she swam right away despite the strong current, she even went back and forth from our boat to get bread to feed the fish. I’m now 25. Just as some of you have described, it is not a general fear of water. I don’t like to look at any large sea creatures, big boats, ships, cruise liners, pictures of the titanic, any sunken ship, whales, free willy, Sea world, the Shark from Nemo… pretty much any of that. Some Thalassophobes might not be afraid of the sea per se; they are simply afraid of encountering sea creatures. I attempt so hard to go into the ocean but I cant. Some cases of Thalassophobia are so severe that the symptoms might interfere with the sufferer’s day to day life. Laying on the sand and watching the water, sometimes I find it relaxing. Luckily the neighbors came out with their boat and helped me back to the dock. I dont understand whats happening to me. I kinda have this phobia, I’m fine with swimming pools and rivers and I went snorkeling a while back and I was fine but being out in the middle of the ocean with land out of sight and not knowing what’s underneath me, just makes me terrified of the ocean. I’ve never had a problem in the ocean until I went to Destin and swam in the ocean for the first time. Other relatively uncommon causes of fear of the sea are linked to genetic disorders, or diseases involving the thyroid gland as well as hormonal imbalances or adrenal insufficiencies. Sometimes I force myself to play GTA 5 and go far out at sea, go into first person, then dive in and when I do that I cringe HARD. Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash. *** Small Business Marketing Tips – Effective Ways to Get Success! Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. I was boogie boarding on a wave and felt a burning sensation on my ankle. After discussing with my friends, because it was too pricey and the waves were getting bigger, we decided to give it a try. I feel I have minor thalassophobia because I’m not afraid of the ocean, it’s how deep it is. Many fears are actually common, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). I live in North Carolina which had an increase in shark attacks last summer, and we were at the beach and everyone had to get out because there was a shark in the water and I literally almost threw up. Hypnotherapy– This therapy involves deep relaxation under the guidance of a trained practitioner. After that, anything that I see underwater that is in an ocean etc or even thinking of it gives me a panic attack. This part should probably be on a different phobia but… Anyway once i was tubing and i fell off. Although, I am able to watch the shark from Nemo now and have seen Titanic before 2x, all my life to this point I have had nightmares about the ocean or pools. 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. I think I have this fear, but only when I can’t see bottom. I noticed I started having this year 4-5 years ago. Literally. (My sister and I are fourteen, she has this problem too). Some people here, they say (the ones I saw) that they weren’t afraid of the creatures or they were afraid of the creatures but they could handle being on a boat or something. 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. The thought of going in water past my thighs is too much for me to handle. Same when I see videos that show how vast and deep the ocean is, I freak out so badly, blue holes, cliff drops, you name it, I freak. If it’s a little fish I can handle it better but a whale or a shark or even an eel. 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. OH another BIG cause of anxiety is going to the docs in my town where the freight liner ships doc, at night, seeing them just floating in the water and being so close to them, sends me into serious panic attacks. I tested myself to see if I really was scared by watching a video of a whale jumping out of water. I was so startled as it was so big and because of that, i didn’t put my head down for a while. Most ocean floors are deeper than mt everest is tall.. It’s pretty weird what I do and don’t react to involving deep dark waters and what god-awful creatures are in it. It isn’t! 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. I’m also scared of lakes. If I go in it I faint but a pool I’m fine. The fear of water, or aquaphobia, can be as simple as being afraid to put your head in the water, or avoiding water altogether. 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. 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. Other effective means of overcoming intense fear of oceans is through the use of energy psychology or “needle-less Acupuncture”. 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