Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kymophobia: The Fear of Waves

Kymophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of waves.  This fear may come from being completely traumatized by a big wave or may simply come from the fear of the unknown and what could happen.  Watching the coverage of the Tsunami after the big earthquake in Japan could instilled fear into a lot of people.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Kymophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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