Plenty of people have reasons to be afraid of water. Without the ability to swim, some people can find themselves in life threatening situations around large bodies of water. However, people who suffer from Aquaphobia suffer from an irrational and persistent fear of water that can affect common routines and daily life.
Symptoms of Aquaphobia
While a non-swimmer might be afraid of deep water, people generally understand that this is a logical fear of drowning. However, phobias by definition are irrational. Those suffering from Aquaphobia often feel anxiety around bodies of water ranging from lakes to a bathtub. Sufferers might know that drowning in their bathtub is unlikely, but they still can’t help but feel fear, anxiety or dread when around any body of water. Other symptoms of Aquaphobia tend to vary from case to case, but other common symptoms may include:
- Extreme avoidance of bodies of water of all size
- Feelings of dread, fear or anxiety when faced with the sight or thought of water
- Poor hygiene caused by an aversion to bathing
When faced with water those suffering from Aquaphobia may also find themselves with physical symptoms common amongst many phobias, including:
- Racing heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
Treatment for Aquaphobia
Though the severity of reactions varies from case to case, there are a number of treatment options that are available that can cure or ease the symptoms of Aquaphobia. Well-known celebrities including Carmen Electra and Winona Ryder have sought help and overcome their Aquaphobia-Carmen Electra becoming most well known from her work in Baywatch next to the water, and Winona Ryder able to act in an underwater scene in the movie Alien: Resurrection.
While it is possible to take some steps to controlling Aquaphobia at home, it is often helpful to seek professional help. As phobias are not rational fears, it is usually not possible to simply talk yourself out of being afraid. Many sufferers of Aquaphobia are well aware that there is no reason for them to be afraid of bodies of water. The phobia, however, is not as easily talked away. Licensed therapists can help guide their patients through a number of different types of exercises that can help sufferers take control away from their phobia and regain control over their lives.
As no two people are the same, there is not one set treatment that therapists will prescribe for those suffering from Aquaphobia. Luckily there are enough therapists and treatments available that it is almost always possible to find a treatment or combination of treatments that work for you. If one treatment or therapist doesn’t seem to be working it is always possible to find another. Dealing with a phobia can be hard, but it isn’t something that anyone ever has to deal with alone. All you need to do is look for help and you will find it.