fear of not seeing the bottom of water

Especially the ocean. If I am in a pool that has a deep end, I will not go there; I must feel the bottom of the pool. Literally. It makes me feel how small I am, smaller than a drop of water, and I don’t want to dissolve into the ocean (or universe) because the energies that give me my own particular individualized consciousness may never come back together again… and I just love the world and people so much I can’t bear the thought of ceasing to exist…, Wow that was deep… almost as deep as the ocean. Nothing scares me more than this. 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. Like all fears some of it more of a fear of the unknown. 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. 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. It seems to get worse since I noticed it a couple of years ago. Required fields are marked *. 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. After discussing with my friends, because it was too pricey and the waves were getting bigger, we decided to give it a try. That first part is exactly how I feel it. If the water in the pool was clear before, this could be the culprit. You’ve already made a start by recognizing it. Seeing water can trigger intense fear and anxiety in a person with aquaphobia. Not planning on doing that again anytime soon. 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. 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. I can’t go to aquariums, especially if all I’m surrounded by is nothing but fish tanks. My second one, which was 3 days ago went like this. I don’t go on the boat, either, because I’m scared to get in the water. Easy to do, nice for the kids and you get to see loads of cool fish underwater. I want to keep my fear a secret though. I actually went on a cruise when I was younger and I was fine. I’m now 25. i think i would straight up hyperventilate and pass out if i got in the water– mostly the ocean. 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. And my father is a navy officer and only gets posted to places surrounded by sea. I haven’t been attacked blessed to go in past my thighs ever since. In fact I can be in a pool all day! I was in a tube that was being dragged by a boat and the tube hit a giant wave that sent me flying. 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 wanted to cry it scared me so bad. A negative or traumatic event (experienced directly or indirectly), can also trigger a deep fear of Oceans. One must also understand that the oceans are generally safe and the instances of death related to them are far less compared to deaths caused by road accidents or natural factors. Oceans are vast and relatively unexplored and people already suffering from anxiety disorders fear it due to its “mysteries”. I just found this article while in a parking lot after i had a panic attack walking up to the ocean line. If you'd like to know more about overcoming fear of deep water then check out this article. That’s how I know that I’m pretty sure I have that. We made gigantic newspapers, watched a bunch of videos about it, and even dressed up in 20’s fashion and did interviews! 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. I could not have described my relation to the ocean/open waters better. 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. You’re shaking, your skin is gray-blue gooseflesh, matching the cloudy Illinois sky, and you can’t see the bottom of the pool. 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 used to live near the ocean, the 4th largest island in the world, Borneo. They instructed us to hold on to the boat, put our faces down in the water while it was running. Does anyone have advice? Whenever I see a picture of the ocean I feel uneasy and a bit dizzy to the point where I have to look away. Even though I did learn to swim I still fear drowning. I dont understand whats happening to me. I believe I have this phobia. Around 60% of our body is made of water. When I reached the shore it got worse and worse and I realized i was stung by a jellyfish. I’ve been reading through the comments just to see if anyone had the same feelings that I did. I cannot swim in water where I can’t see the bottom. 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. 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 know for a fact I have this fear… I can swim since my dad taught me growing up. 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. It seems though a fear of water that is somehow confined to a small space, such as a tank or pipes. Or river that I can’t see the below or swimming pool at night that don’t have light beneath it. 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. Let’s just say I won’t be going out on the ocean any time soon. This is the pure nightmare of every thalassophobe. I started to get scared when we watched an animated video of the titanic sinking in class. Sometimes, terms like Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia are often used to describe Thalassophobia. 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. The glass is really thick so you’re protected from the depths below. I went to Florida last year and I was fine going in the ocean to swim in shallow water. I swam across a small lake once and it was so murky I could barely see the bottom through even three feet. (And I LOVE roller-coasters). The thought of drop offs just twists my brain. The word Thalassophobia comes from Greek thalassa meaning ‘sea or ocean’ and phobos meaning fear or dread. 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. Small bodies and vast. And I always think “OMG there are so many things in the ocean so much bigger than me”. We sat at the front of the boat and the waves were huge. Luckily the neighbors came out with their boat and helped me back to the dock. 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. 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 try my best to overcome it. In fact, their anxiety may be so intense that they may even endure a full blown panic attack as a result of it. He had told me that sunfish (you know huge creepy looking flat fish) lived in the lake. Your email address will not be published. But can you blame me? I ditched my girlfriend with her mother, it was so bad. Aquaphobia is the irrational fear of water. 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. My fear of the ocean is more based on where we go and what happens after we die. I’m scared I’ll let this get in the way of my fun. I tested myself to see if I really was scared by watching a video of a whale jumping out of water. This can take all sorts of different forms – some people seem almost allergic to water and avoid it at almost any cost. 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. My friend also saw it and started panicking, then after that we crashed into a coral. Just the thought of swimming into an open ocean really scared me, so i went snorkeling twice. There are other surveys about fear of water or deep water that found lower percentages than the two-thirds (really 64%) you mentioned. Sometimes, parents or caregivers unknowingly give inputs that might trigger Thalassophobia in children. I understand! Thalassophobia is the fear of the sea or deep water. I was getting anxiety just readin about what the phobia was. 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. Some Thalassophobes might not be afraid of the sea per se; they are simply afraid of encountering sea creatures. Most ocean floors are deeper than mt everest is tall.. It’s the water, itself, that bothers me. . 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. 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 have fear of deep, dark water that I cant see the bottom of because i dont know what is below me. This fear makes doing all sorts of things that other people regard as normal awkward or near enough impossible. Pictures of sunken ships, sharks, octopi, eels, ugly or otherwise scary fish, make my stomach do flip flops. But then we went on a dolphin tour boat. I hope someone can relate. It creeps me out and I don’t even know why. It is not contradictory. I’m pretty sure I have this. 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. Like, imagine the levels of anxiety. 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 actually do remember being under the water and it scared me. Just even thinking of whales or being alone in the deep dark ocean scare me to death. YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF. I definitely have this phobia. 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. My biggest problem is when I’m in the water and go out deeper. Hypnotherapy– This therapy involves deep relaxation under the guidance of a trained practitioner. I can’t watch or see any image or video of open water or under water. 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 had nightmares for a week! 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. I can’t stand to look at pictures of deep water, or videos of people scuba diving. I thought it was just me but one day I had an experience on the jet ski. I can’t handle that either. 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 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 this phobia, my symptoms are: I live in a wonderful, and slightly privileged, home and acting scared is a no-go. It isn’t just living things though. “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. 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. Even pictures of the ocean, especially wide, crystal clear sea water where you can see the bottom of the water. I’m not scared of being on a ship though or a secure boat. most of my problem comes from not being able to see under water clearly without glasses, I wouldn’t be able to know the difference between a seal and a shark. 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 was so startled as it was so big and because of that, i didn’t put my head down for a while. Some might be unable to watch pictures or images about the ocean let alone movies involving them. 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 … Some people may experience panic attacks when near … 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. 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’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’m pretty sure I have this phobia. 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. 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). Exactly, I got you. 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. 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. The waves get to me so easily. 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. I just had a dream this week about being in a dark tank with some whales… that sucked. will post back my results. 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. Similarly, real cases of ships including the Titanic drowning in the vast ocean have been made terrifyingly realistic by their movie versions. 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. Conquering your fear of deep water involves coming to terms with how your body behaves in the water and then learning to take control of the thoughts and feelings associated with various states you body can find itself in when in the water. I started having a panic attack attack and my sister had to pull me out of the water. Also the creatures lurking there, some are downright out of a Lovecraftian novel. Just as some of you have described, it is not a general fear of water. I have talked about this with some people but some of them made fun of me because of it. I won’t go snorkeling for a while. 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. I’m sure my fear was triggered when my babysitter left me in the bathtub and i almost drowned. I definitely have thalassaphobia. I couldn’t go knee deep even if my life depended on it. Got the same phobia as me.. haha hello from malaysia . It isn’t! Snorkelling has become part and parcel of your average beach holiday. I get this, too! I don’t know what to do. 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. Some cases of water phobias may even be related to the fear of swallowing. 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 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. It helps the therapist find out the root cause of one’s ocean phobia. (My sister and I are fourteen, she has this problem too). Not just oceans, but lakes, rivers, ponds, any deep body of water just makes me really uncomfortable. That time, i got worried that we would crash into one, but i still trusted our boatman. It’s also probably best to opt for clear water so that you can see the bottom. Is Divorce Harder for Christians than for Everyone Else? It works well, just taking a bit longer than the first option. Thanks! This fear makes doing all sorts of things that other people regard as normal awkward or near enough impossible. I start thrashing around when suddenly a piece of seaweed touches my foot. Please help me understand. The question of the fear you are referring to Thalassophobia. But it’s not just that. Aquaphobia (from Latin aqua 'water', and Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos) 'fear') is an irrational fear of water.. Aquaphobia is considered a Specific Phobia of natural environment type in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. 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. After that, anything that I see underwater that is in an ocean etc or even thinking of it gives me a panic attack. And glass bottomed boats don’t tend to go too far into the ocean as there are usually more fish to see in lesser depths. I am a scuba diving instructor who has (after 1500 dives and hundreds of hours in the deep) developed this phobia. And now, I’m going to Topsail for a week. Likewise, Moby Dick and films like Jaws depict huge whales and sharks that are not only deadly but evolved enough to think intelligently and target humans. Laying on the sand and watching the water, sometimes I find it relaxing. I just like to be able to see what’s under the water. It was fun until I realized I was alone floating in the middle of the lake. Our experiences have similarities.. And it sucks. Also english is not my native language, sorry for any mistakes. Now, the sheer thought of being near large lakes, oceans or even swimming pools is terrifying. 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. Often, we read news reports of Great white sharks, electric eels or other dangerous sea predators attacking swimmers in the ocean. Cryophobia (or Frigophobia or Cheimatophobia) is a fear of cold, cold weather or cold things. 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. Several types of therapies have shown positive results in overcoming the fear of the ocean. In other cases, they might manifest only when the phobic is brought to the shoreline. I have this phobia and I know I do. 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 means the fear of depths. I just don’t know what’s in it, it makes me feel so small and want to curl up and cry. Shaking or trembling at the sight of the ocean. Obviously, as the water gets deeper, it gets darker and you never know what lays on the bottom. 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. Since I left my hometown and now living in a big city without an ocean, every time I come back and go to the beach I feel I become more scared to go near the shore and swim even just nearby. —Lao Tzu— Agoraphobia is the name, and it is the fear of open spaces of water or land. 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. 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. Its a fear of opening a lid on some sort of buried tank such as a septic tank, or for me opening the lid on the water … So, as you can imagine, my fear of water, which happens to combine my other two fears, only adds to this phobia. 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. It’s too much, I can’t handle it. It is fear or anxiety associated with the sea or water bodies of various types, though; many Bathophobic individuals are … From then on I’ve always had a fear of the ocean it scares me to go past my thigh. 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). 1. I feel panicked. If I see a picture of a sea animal I get really hot and scared. I’ve had dreams where I’m taking a shower and the bottom of the tub disappears and I’m in the ocean. Any picture of the deep scares me and any kind of dark water gives me anxiety. If you’re in a tourist area like the Florida Keys, you can take a tour on a glass bottomed boat. I’m sorry for any mistakes here but English is not my native language so…, I have this phobia. does anyone else have these fears? I started kicking and flailing as fast as I could, to distract the fish and scare them away. Anything to get your mind used to the idea that water is your enemy. However, when choppy or no anchor line is used, or when the visibility is not very good, then I again pick up this nauseating feeling. Feeling detached with reality, feeling numb or being unable to express oneself clearly. 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. What can you do to overcome your fear? I love being in the ocean though. When I see a picture of the ocean, just the plain ocean my anxiety triggers. You’ve already made a start by recognizing it. Inside a bath tub. 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 must have developed it during my tweens or late childhood. I think i’m not scared of the water exactly, just being touched by something i cant see. I started shaking and crying uncontrollably. 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. I’ve dreamt about winding up in some underwater school that I can’t escape. So do any of these pictures of swimmers who are in danger (or even perfectly safe) make you feel dread? Bathophobia is a fear of depths or deep things, (for swimmers who dislike swimming over deep water). Other effective means of overcoming intense fear of oceans is through the use of energy psychology or “needle-less Acupuncture”. Tried to see bottom and all I could see was the tips of seaweed and even that was a good 15 feet below me. Some cases of Thalassophobia are so severe that the symptoms might interfere with the sufferer’s day to day life. 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. So here’s the catch. I’ve never had a problem in the ocean until I went to Destin and swam in the ocean for the first time. I went on a roller-coaster at Wonderland and it went over a small body of water, thought i was going to die. I haven’t swam in years, not in pools, not in lakes and certainly not in oceans, even though I can handle going up to the waist. I do realize good swimmers can drown. Serious help. I definitely have it. I don’t know if I have this or just a fear of the unknown. That was 8 yrs ago though. *** Small Business Marketing Tips – Effective Ways to Get Success! After all, most people are able to acknowledge a fear, then move on. I act strong and jump in and then I freak out and I scream and kick. AH I can’t even think about it. I think other factors are also the underwater shows on National Geographic and this trailer of Lady in the Water that I used to always see as a kid—that trailer would always come up before a kids movie I’d watch because that’s how it went with our CDs. "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 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. 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’ve only been to Lake Michigan and a few other lakes and rivers. It is my job to take people diving however I find myself recently panicking, being short of breath, sweating, thinking I will die, and that the water will engulf me until I suffocate. I felt like we were going to sink and images of drowning were in my head. It is an extreme, extreme fear. The jet ski flipped and both of us fell in, my husband got back on and tried to help me up. creatures also terrify me; angler fish, sharks, even dolphins. I don’t know if I have this phobia. 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? They said it was a stupid phobia because “oh who’s scared of the ocean? Now my phobia is basically when I see something really big in oceans, like a boat or a large whale. I love swimming, and i love the ocean (never swam in the ocean tho, parents). A part of me was very uneasy but gave it a shot. Then i decided to look back down because i still had to pay for it, then i saw a lot of swordfish, a lot of BIG sea urchins, another tortoise swimming too close beside us, a lot of fish i don’t know and the vastness, darker part of the ocean floor. Hope everyone gets released from the evil mental and emotional bondage of fear in Jesus name Amen. 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.
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