fear of not seeing the bottom of water

—Lao Tzu— I never felt like this until today. Sometimes in my dreams if I’m at the beach or something and I go into the water, I’ll panic and immediately get out. Shaking or trembling at the sight of the ocean. 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 just found this article while in a parking lot after i had a panic attack walking up to the ocean line. Not planning on doing that again anytime soon. 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 was the worst pain i have experienced and has scared me every since. I told her to get me out and she just said to me “stop being so dramatic”. Don’t get me wrong, I like going to the beach, but only because of the view and the vibe, but I can’t deal with being inside the sea itself. 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. We sat at the front of the boat and the waves were huge. I’ve had dreams where I’m taking a shower and the bottom of the tub disappears and I’m in the ocean. 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. So it’s not unusual to have a fear of water. It is characterized by waves of panic when confronted with the murky unknown depths of the ocean. I understand! I love to swim in pools, and sometimes in rivers, but the moment I get to go to the beach, I never get in. After discussing with my friends, because it was too pricey and the waves were getting bigger, we decided to give it a try. Several types of therapies have shown positive results in overcoming the fear of the ocean. It’s also probably best to opt for clear water so that you can see the bottom. I’m tiny compared to the vastness of the ocean, I’m nothing compared to it. When I am confronted by this, I have heavy breathing, I feel like I have a panic attack, I have to look away or close my eyes but most likely run away because when I close my eyes, I’ll imagine water. Get me out of there lol. So murky lakes/ponds/rivers/etc, I don’t want to be in. But it’s not just that. I started to get scared when we watched an animated video of the titanic sinking in class. I tried to float cause I couldn’t bear the feeling of the ocean floor under my feet. Several NLP sessions might be needed to minimize and eliminate ocean phobia, depending upon its severity. I hope someone can relate. 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. This fear makes doing all sorts of things that other people regard as normal awkward or near enough impossible. Some people may experience panic attacks when near … I started having a panic attack attack and my sister had to pull me out of the water. Especially the ocean. Just as some of you have described, it is not a general fear of water. Thalassophobia (Fear of Deep Water): Do You Have It? It is fear or anxiety associated with the sea or water bodies of various types, though; many Bathophobic individuals are … I have talked about this with some people but some of them made fun of me because of it. I was boogie boarding on a wave and felt a burning sensation on my ankle. 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. That first part is exactly how I feel it. That was 8 yrs ago though. Exactly, I got you. Even if I wear goggles or know what’s under me, the feeling of weightlessness terrifies me to no end, I feel absolutely paranoid. It’s a real phobia and it’s not a “stupid one”. I thought I was going to collapse. I have fear of deep, dark water that I cant see the bottom of because i dont know what is below me. That’s how I know that I’m pretty sure I have that. 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. 2) You say that the pool water is not clear. I attempt so hard to go into the ocean but I cant. My friend also saw it and started panicking, then after that we crashed into a coral. I screamed and clicked off faster than you could say hello. Cryophobia (or Frigophobia or Cheimatophobia) is a fear of cold, cold weather or cold things. I tested myself to see if I really was scared by watching a video of a whale jumping out of water. Gradually exposing oneself to the ocean can also, overtime, help one completely overcome Thalassophobia. I’m not afraid to go to the beach with someone, but I could never go alone. Thalassophobia is the fear of the sea or deep water. Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash. I swam across a small lake once and it was so murky I could barely see the bottom through even three feet. I believe I have this phobia. I can’t go to aquariums, especially if all I’m surrounded by is nothing but fish tanks. The thought of going in water past my thighs is too much for me to handle. It’s too much, I can’t handle it. i can talk about it and be on the shore of a beach but i cant go into oceans/lakes/ponds cause i get so terrified of not only not being able to see the bottom, but thinking of the vastness.. Got the same phobia as me.. haha hello from malaysia . 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. If you’re near a ferry crossing, take it and instead of staying inside the craft while it makes its journey, stand on the deck (again, with a trusted friend as well as being close to the lifebelts) and see whether you can pluck up the courage to look over the edge. I start thrashing around when suddenly a piece of seaweed touches my foot. As a kid I never liked boats, the ocean, deep pools, or really big pools though I could see the bottom, dark water, large tanks, aquariums or “sea type rooms” like at the museum of natural history. 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. Oceans are vast and relatively unexplored and people already suffering from anxiety disorders fear it due to its “mysteries”. Showering is fine, I can go fishing and have no problem. Your email address will not be published. "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. Around 60% of our body is made of water. I have this phobia but I can go swimming in the pool but when it comes to sea I can go just knee deep no more because if I go anymore deeper I start panicking and I can barely move. I can go into the ocean but looking at the waves causes the greatest discomfort imaginable while also not being enough to make me freak out. 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. This part should probably be on a different phobia but… Anyway once i was tubing and i fell off. It is defined as being "an intense and persistent fear of the sea and sea travel." We made gigantic newspapers, watched a bunch of videos about it, and even dressed up in 20’s fashion and did interviews! I cannot even walk through an aquarium. I think my phobia of the ocean began in third grade, when we did a big research project on the titanic. But I firmly decline when I have to board a small motorboat or a kayak. I don’t know what to do. My second one, which was 3 days ago went like this. I also have Trypophobia and claustrophobia, both of which have to do with the unknown. ***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 have this phobia. 1. If it’s a little fish I can handle it better but a whale or a shark or even an eel. After that, anything that I see underwater that is in an ocean etc or even thinking of it gives me a panic attack. Then i freaked out more when i saw the corals beside us, it was too high and big, it almost reached the surface. I had a panic attack while watching the movie Poseidon with my mom. It helps the therapist find out the root cause of one’s ocean phobia. And my father is a navy officer and only gets posted to places surrounded by sea. So I tested myself by watching videos of (this may sound crazy) but planes, boats and cars sinking in the ocean, lakes or seas and I would have to quickly shut the video off wanting to cry and breathing heavily. It is not contradictory. It is usually combined with a fear of getting out of breath in the deep end and not being able to swim to the poolside. I fear deep clear water that I can see the bottom of because I can see what is below me. There is a simple exercise to try in the shallow part of … We have also seen documentaries of large squids being washed up on the shore or hauled out by fishermen. That time, i got worried that we would crash into one, but i still trusted our boatman. My family has a lake house and I cannot get in. 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’m pretty sure I have this phobia. You never know how they will take it. I actually love watching ocean Scifi movies, I just wish I could adventure the ocean but my phobia comes in the way. 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. It’s a bit weird since when I was little, I loved being in the water and I could swim without problems. I was afraid of the water. I have this phobia, my symptoms are: It refers to an intense and often unwarranted fear of the ocean. After all, most people are able to acknowledge a fear, then move on. My biggest problem is when I’m in the water and go out deeper. The fear is of a physical attack from an unknown object or animal. Always the lookout for ways to nurture ou ream." 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. I plan to continue being on the swim team for a couple more years. If the water in the pool was clear before, this could be the culprit. I definitely have thalassaphobia. 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. 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. I tried to explain that it’s a lot more than that and they just wouldn’t listen so I gave up. I act strong and jump in and then I freak out and I scream and kick. Dark or opaque waters can add to your anxiety about the deeps. 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. The game starts you in a safe, shallow area. I actually went on a cruise when I was younger and I was fine. 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. 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. I think I have this fear, but only when I can’t see bottom. JOIN A MASTERMIND GROUP -- Surround Yourself with Support & Constructive Feedback, ***Seeds of Success: Lessons from a Daisy, ***Recognizing the Negativity in Your Life so You Can Eliminate It. I went to Florida last year and I was fine going in the ocean to swim in shallow water. 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. 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. Or river that I can’t see the below or swimming pool at night that don’t have light beneath it. So i think that’s where my fear of dark water, seaweed and fish touching me (im fine if its at the shore and i can see them but in open water its NO) came from. I’ve dreamt about winding up in some underwater school that I can’t escape. He had told me that sunfish (you know huge creepy looking flat fish) lived in the lake. (And I LOVE roller-coasters). If you’re in a tourist area like the Florida Keys, you can take a tour on a glass bottomed boat. I don’t mind the creatures that live there – in fact, I find them fascinating. So start with those – maybe put your wellies on and actually paddle in them. I try my best to overcome 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 have a fear of deep water, and things that arent supposed to be there, and big things like sharks and ships. I am greatly afraid of the darkness and vastness of the ocean. I started kicking and flailing as fast as I could, to distract the fish and scare them away. Just thinking about the water itself and the experiences you’ve had with or in it in the past is what brings the fear. 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. 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 wondering why i am scared of the ocean but im only scared of the thought of the bottom not going on a boat. Aquaphobia is the irrational fear of water. Small bodies and vast. In other cases, they might manifest only when the phobic is brought to the shoreline. Now my phobia is basically when I see something really big in oceans, like a boat or a large whale. I feel panicked. 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. 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. 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. If I am in a pool that has a deep end, I will not go there; I must feel the bottom of the pool. Hope everyone gets released from the evil mental and emotional bondage of fear in Jesus name Amen. Not just oceans, but lakes, rivers, ponds, any deep body of water just makes me really uncomfortable. It’s the water, itself, that bothers me. If in real life I can’t dive or snorkelling in ocean that have really dark ground(?) Luckily the neighbors came out with their boat and helped me back to the dock. I am afraid of death. 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. does anyone else have these fears? People who are very afraid of violent death or particularly of drowning are likelier to develop Thalassophobia aggravated by these movies and books. I felt sick. But then we went on a dolphin tour boat. I’m also afraid of fish and the dark. (My sister and I are fourteen, she has this problem too). I just had a dream this week about being in a dark tank with some whales… that sucked. The fear of water often derives from other fears that pertain to water, such as a fear of drowning, or the fear of not knowing what exactly lies under the water ( especially murky and muddy water). A series of hypnosis sessions help “debug the response to the fear” eventually minimizing the anxiety caused each time one sees the ocean. I am a scuba diving instructor who has (after 1500 dives and hundreds of hours in the deep) developed this phobia. I just like to be able to see what’s under the water. If you’re afraid of man-made objects, machinery, old shipwrecks under the water you could be suffering from submechanophobia. It is an extreme, extreme fear. I definitely have this phobia. Required fields are marked *. I’m sure my fear was triggered when my babysitter left me in the bathtub and i almost drowned. I got the courage to watch Open Water and Open Water 2…I swear I almost had a heart attack watching both. Does anyone have advice? 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. I start realizing I’m surrounded by water. But when it comes to pictures of open sea it does nothing for me, I actually find it relaxing, but yestereday I watched a movie and this girl jumped into the sea which was full of big waves and I just couldn’t watch it, I had to look away and I felt like my legs were cut off I can’t explain it. The word Thalassophobia comes from Greek thalassa meaning ‘sea or ocean’ and phobos meaning fear or dread. I can not go above my waist in the ocean or I will literally have a panic attack. 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. 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. oh MAN i cant even think about the ocean or close my eyes with the thought of it or i will start breaking down. There were 3 of us who were still holding on for our dear life in the boat, when suddenly a smaller boat behind us offered to go to the snorkeling area. * Chip away at the edges of the fear so that it gradually loses its power over you – that’s the approach that most people take. Other effective means of overcoming intense fear of oceans is through the use of energy psychology or “needle-less Acupuncture”. Two-thirds of Americans are afraid of deep, open bodies of water and 46% are afraid of the deep-end of a pool. But my worst experience is when I went out to the lake on a friend’s boat. How would I even tell?”; and when I take cold showers my mind drifts to the Arctic or Antarctic Ocean (the scariest ones of all in my opinion) and it’s a struggle to either sort of check back in and not let my mind drift or let it drift to some cold place on land like Siberia or the Great Plains in winter. I thought it was just me but one day I had an experience on the jet ski. I definitely have it. 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. Just the thought of swimming into an open ocean really scared me, so i went snorkeling twice. I dont understand whats happening to me. I feel I can’t breath when this happens. 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. Also the creatures lurking there, some are downright out of a Lovecraftian novel. I don’t think this fear I’ve developed will pass. It isn’t just living things though. I’m sorry for any mistakes here but English is not my native language so…, I have this phobia. I wanted to cry it scared me so bad. This helps the phobic literally “reprogram his mind” to create a different response than he normally does upon confronting the object of his fears, in this case, the Ocean. It works well, just taking a bit longer than the first option. My mind started racing and I thought of all the sea creatures that were below me. I can’t swim but I will jump in a swimming pool or river, but the ocean scares the hell out of me. i have a similar fear of things in the water, it makes me shudder to think of swimming in the ocean or lake and to touch or be touched by a a log or anything that is floating just under the water, even seeing things just below the surface that I can't quite make out, send fear running thru me, i want to get away and out of the water, and all this with loving to kayak Differing from aquaphobia, which is the fear of any type or amount of water, thalassophobia is the persistent fear of bodies of deep, dark water and what exists below the surface. They instructed us to hold on to the boat, put our faces down in the water while it was running. Pictures of sunken ships, sharks, octopi, eels, ugly or otherwise scary fish, make my stomach do flip flops. The thought of a drop of, or deep water, or just not being able to see the bottom makes me so nervous. I have this phobia and I just googled it to find the exact term for it. 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. I hate the thought of the ocean drop off, I can’t even think about it. Nervousness, shaking, slight numbness, and movie reels of death and drowning are played in my mind. It’s a beautiful place, good for surfing and shelling, but it’s on the list of most shark attacked areas in the world. I like fishing, but I don’t like touching fish. Let’s just say I won’t be going out on the ocean any time soon. NLP or Neuro-linguistic programming therapy– Another effective therapy is NLP therapy that helps one understand how the mind creates reality. 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. It is also plants and such. Not even swimming pools with a deep end. Many fears are actually common, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). 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. Also my brother did not make the situation any better. Now I’ve found that I’m not the only one having this phobia. Whenever I see a picture of the ocean I feel uneasy and a bit dizzy to the point where I have to look away. The only water I could swim in is the type of water that I can see through clearly, like pool water. 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. Snorkelling has become part and parcel of your average beach holiday. I’ve only been to Lake Michigan and a few other lakes and rivers. Sometimes, parents or caregivers unknowingly give inputs that might trigger Thalassophobia in children. will post back my results. 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. Seeing rotting logs, moss, seaweed, etc puts my anxiety into overload. If I go in it I faint but a pool I’m fine. 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. I was so startled as it was so big and because of that, i didn’t put my head down for a while. It was fun at the start until i saw a tortoise swimming below us. Fish don’t scare me, they are fascinating, but the vastness and the darkness of water scares me profoundly. I love being in the ocean though. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. My fear of the ocean is more based on where we go and what happens after we die. 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. Also english is not my native language, sorry for any mistakes. Feeling terrified so much so that constant movie stills of death and dying play through the phobic’s mind. 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. In fact, their anxiety may be so intense that they may even endure a full blown panic attack as a result of it. 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. From then on I’ve always had a fear of the ocean it scares me to go past my thigh. Some cases of Thalassophobia are so severe that the symptoms might interfere with the sufferer’s day to day life. Hello there! Once my family forced me to go in and I was paralyzed and couldn’t move and I started to scream “get me out” and they would just laugh and say its not a big deal. Just even thinking of whales or being alone in the deep dark ocean scare me to death. 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. Also known as Psychophobia. 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. 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