Limnophobia – Fear of lakes

Limnohpobia is the abnormal, irrational and persistent fear of lakes and may be related to fear of water in general. This is an uncommon fear but could be due to the fact that one usually can’t see what’s at the bottom of the lake and they fear whatever creature that might be lurking underneath. Some might have had a bad experience while swimming in a lake such as a near-drowning experience or might have known someone who drowned in a lake. Some might have been thrown into a lake as a prank thus this fear developed.

For those who do not know how to swim especially, any body of water like the lake can be feared by them. People with this fear will avoid having anything to do with the lake. Sometimes, even the mere thought of spending the day or a few hours on the lakeside can be extremely scary for them.

Symptoms include palpitations, restlessness and other symptoms of anxiety, and people with this fear will avoid having anything to do with the lake, even just touching the water.

Treatment includes psychotherapy to alleviate symptoms of this fear and look for the root cause of this fear. Medications may be given to those with extreme phobia.