Thalassophobia Test

Do you have an irrational and exaggerated fear of the Sea/Ocean?

thalassophobia test

Take this simple Thalasophobia Test and find out in less than 5 minutes if you suffer from fear of the ocean, what is its intensity and if you should go to therapy.

Thalassophobia Test

1. My fear or anxiety of the open sea is very intense and persistent.

2. I feel fear almost every time I swim in deep water or in the ocean.

3. I avoid the ocean or other bodies of water or endure them with intense fear or discomfort.

4. My anxiety, fear or avoidance of the sea lasts 6 months or more.

5. My fear of the ocean or large masses of water causes me great discomfort or has a major impact on my day-to-day life.

6. My fear is disproportionate to the real danger posed by the sea.

7. My fear of the sea is not better explained by another disorder, like generalized anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Diagnostic criteria for Thalassophobia

Many people show a certain fear of the sea, of drowning, or even of being bitten by a sea creature such as a shark, but not all of these cases necessarily imply thalassophobia.

To diagnose a phobia of the sea, the fear of the ocean or other bodies of water must be very intense and disproportionate, causing the person to experience great anxiety or panic and significant discomfort affecting their daily life.

In addition, a thalassophobic person typically avoids bathing in the sea, ocean, lakes, rivers, or any other deep bodies of water, or if they do, it is in spite of great discomfort or anxiety.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that in order to diagnose fear of the sea as thalassophobia, it should not be better explained by another type of disorder, for example a panic disorder (repetitive panic attacks).

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