Causes for this fear could be the potential of drowning. It could be the potential of capsizing a boat. It could be the murky nature of some rivers. It could be the result of following orders from a parent as a child to ‘stay away from the water’. There can be an ingrained fear in the hearts of many with respect to a river, stream or waterfall.
It is logical to believe that some of the fear may result from the potential of an alligator in warmer climates. The fear may be due to observation or personal experience with rivers. In either case the end result can mean a debilitating fear among those who suffer with this phobia.
The anxiety experienced with Potamophobia may be felt while driving over a bridge, along a riverside or even by walking near a river. The most prominent feature will be avoidance as the phobic individual works to keep as far away from a river as possible.
Other symptoms include panic attack, air hunger, trembling, nausea, elevated heart rate and the feeling as if you are losing or have lost control.
A common thread in virtually all fears is that learning more factual information about the object of your fear can go a long way in learning how to deal with the fear. This is true because fear is often dependent on misinformation or even outright lies in order to exist and thrive.
By visiting with a therapist the phobic may be able to uncover truths that can allow him to logically address the fear in a way that is not dependent on an emotional response.
Family or friends can act as a support group as throughout the therapeutic treatment.