..include shaking, freezing, or attempting to run. It can also result in panic attacks or anticipatory anxiety before an encounter with water. Being afraid of water can be life-limiting as we experience water in many forms.
Extreme levels of phobia can also lead to ablutophobia(The fear of bathing).
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Aquaphobia is a common fear, which varies in severity from person to person.
The main cause of aquaphobia is a bad experience, like a near-drowning incident in the past, while also being hereditary.
The 1975 movie Jaws, which was about killer sharks at beaches devouring humans, had a strong cultural impact on the general public, as many moviegoers who frequented the beach were suddenly terrified of going in the water or were more aware and cautious while swimming(or surfing). This happened even though none of the moviegoers actually experienced real sharks.
CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a popular psychological treatment for aquaphobia. It involves changing your behavioural patterns and stress response gradually. Other treatments include medications and even hypnosis.