Cymophobia: fear of waves, sea swells and wave-like motions

Cymophobia is an abnormal fear of waves, sea swells and other wave-like motions.

In studies it has been found that people who fear water, perceive any type of H2O as dangerous, or experience unpleasant memories regarding waves, swell, oceans or rivers are likely to suffer from cymophobia.

Tsunamis, big waves, flashbacks of traumatic childhood experiences on the beach, waves hitting cliffs or rocky regions, tidal waves, floods, wave pools, and river waves can all trigger cymophobic reactions in sufferers. Even the sound of crashing waves against the shore can ignite panic.

However, it should be noted that the fear of waves can be treated. If someone is keen to battle a fear such as this, it can be a lengthy process; and might require hypnosis, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or other procedures.

Cymophobic individuals often live far away from oceans, rivers and lakes. An attack of cymophobia can bring on vertigo, dizziness, headaches, and feelings of nausea.

An exaggerated or irrational fear of waves shouldn't be confused with a natural disquietude, sense of distress, apprehension, or alarm triggered in a surfer's mind during a big wave surfing session.

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