Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Potamophobia: The Fear of Rivers or Running Water

Potamophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of rivers or running water.  This phobia could be caused by a traumatic experience such as almost drowning or witnessing a drowning.  Potamophobia may also be caused by nightmares involving rivers or running water.
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 Potamophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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