Cymophobia is the fear of waves, or wave-like motions. For some, a fear of the water and the dangers it presents can be tied to this phobia. For others, this syndrome is triggered by bad memories or unpleasant childhood experiences.
The crash of waves against the shore is a beautiful sound to most people. Waves represent the force of water, and they are a symbol of supremacy and power. However, waves can be deadly. Certain tidal waves, such as tsunamis, can causes extreme loss of life, and injuries to property and belongings. Huge waves appear more frequently in certain regions, such as Hawaii and Thailand, where surfers flock to experience the wonders of the oceans. They delight in riding on large waves that give them a feeling of freedom, control over nature, and even euphoria. For the person with Cymophobia, waves are something to be feared, not sought out.
News reports of tidal waves, tsunamis, and even flooding from hurricanes can exacerbate feelings of tension in people afflicted with Cymophobia. They will avoid any mass media stories on waves, and they will even go so far as to avoid the “wave pools” at popular water parks. Activities like surfing, and indeed all sports performed in open water, will be shunned, because they are perceived as risky. Fears of being drowned or suffocated by huge waves will be present whenever a person is near the seaside. Sometimes, the person with this phobia will choose to live away from large bodies of water where waves are always present. They may prefer the large cities, where bodies of water are not commonplace.
Treatment of this phobia may require psychotherapy, alternative therapies such as acupuncture or hypnosis, or panic treatment.