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Conquering The Fear Of Water

Aug 28, 2008
People have all sorts of phobias that can leave them almost paralyzed at just the thought of them. Some are afraid of fire, some of spiders, some of heights, and sometimes it is a fear of something as simple as water. Actually, it not just any fear of water, but the fear of drowning in it. This fear of drowning in water can make some people too afraid to anywhere near a river, lake, pond, or even a stream. It is no laughing matter because the very thing that can help these people conquer their fear of water is by learning to swim and this is terrifying too.

Sometimes this fear of water and of drowning can have no obvious explanation at all the way it is with many phobias, but sometimes the fear stems from a bad experience with water at some point in their life. Parents often make the mistake of just throwing a child in the water and letting them fend for themselves for a few seconds. This can be very traumatizing for a child and instill a fear they never get over.

The thing about being afraid of water is that it can keep someone from enjoying some of the things that the rest of you take for granted like going to a swimming pool, going for a boat ride, taking a cruise, or even enjoying a water ride at an amusement park, or even fishing could be hindered by a fear of water. There are not many people who can get over this fear alone.

If you or someone you know has this traumatic fear of water or of drowning, it would be a good idea to get a little for it. A therapist will be able to recommend the best course of action to take. They might suggest taking small steps like just going near the water at first, then later you might even be able to take swimming lessons. It is always wonderful to free yourself from being needlessly afraid of something.

This is not to say that water can not be dangerous because we all know that it can be, but it is can be even more dangerous when you are so afraid of it that it paralyzes you if you fell in and could not save yourself. That is where the real danger lies in being afraid of the water.
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