Aquaphobia (Template:Ety) is an irrational fear of water.[1]


Of the simple phobias, aquaphobia is among the more common subtypes. In an article on anxiety disorders, Lindal and Stefansson suggest that aquaphobia may affect as many as 1.8% of the general Icelandic population, or almost one in fifty people.[2]

Manifestation for AquaphobiaEdit

Psychologists indicate that aquaphobia manifests itself in people through a combination of experiential and genetic factors.[3] In the case of a 37 year old media professor, he noted that his fear initially presented itself as a, "severe pain, accompanied by a tightness of his forehead".[4] In addition to this he experienced a choking sensation, discrete panic attacks and a reduction in his intake of fluids. [5] These manifestations can have a profound effect on a person's health, work, confidence and overall well being.


The correct Greek-derived term for "water-fear" is hydrophobia, from ὕδωρ (hudōr), "water"[6] and φόβος (phobos), "fear".[7] However, this word has long been used in English to refer specifically to a symptom of later-stage rabies, which manifests itself in humans as difficulty in swallowing, fear when presented with liquids to drink, and an inability to quench one's thirst.

See alsoEdit


  1. "aquaphobia", The Free Dictionary,, retrieved 2019-05-27 
  2. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 1993 Jul;88(1):29–34.
  3. Lynne L. Hall, Fighting Phobias, the Things That Go Bump in the Mind, FDA Consumer Magazine, Volume 31 No. 2, March 1997
  4. Ajinkya. "Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Panic Disorder with Aquaphobia". Sleep and Hypnosis 17. 
  5. Ajinkya. "Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Panic disorder with Aquaphobia". Sleep and Hypnosis 17. 
  6. ὕδωρ, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  7. φόβος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
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