Thalassophobia (Greek: thalassa, "sea" and φόβος, phobos, "fear") is an intense and persistent fear of the sea. Thalassophobia is a clinical phobia generally classified under specific phobias, fear of a single specific panic trigger. Symptoms for thalassophobia are the same as for most specific phobias.
Although it is a clinical phobia, it often accompanies other anxiety disorders. In some cases anxiolytic medications may be prescribed or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be indicated.
Although many people are nervous when on a ship, this phobia is not one of the most common. People with Thalassophobia fear being in the ocean. A common case of fear of the ocean is sometimes triggered by fearing the sight of a large sea creature underwater.
- Thalassophobia, etymology
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