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Galeophobia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, And Interesting Facts


Galeophobia is the fear of sharks. It’s an interesting condition that can affect people of all ages and backgrounds, even those who have never been attacked by a shark. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about galeophobia!

What is Galeophobia?

what is Galeophobia

Galeophobia is a specific phobia, meaning it’s not just a fear of sharks in general. It’s specifically the fear of being attacked by a shark.

A person with galeophobia may also fear being attacked by other sea creatures like whales or dolphins, as well as other animals such as wolves (Cerberus).

Galeophobia is more common among people who have experienced shark attacks than those who haven’t had such an experience.


Galeophobia is a phobia that causes a person to have an intense fear of sharks. This can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, and other symptoms.

  • Fear of sharks: If you suffer from this phobia then you will be afraid of any kind of shark. It may even cause your heart rate to increase when seeing one in the water or on TV (during Shark Week).
  • Anxiety: A person with this type of anxiety will experience feelings such as being nervous or feeling scared when around any type of animal that could be considered dangerous by humans like sharks, bears, etc.


There are many causes of galeophobia. Some of the most common include:

  • Experiencing a shark attack, either firsthand or via media reports
  • Watching a shark attack, either firsthand or via media reports
  • Reading about a shark attack


There are a number of ways to treat galeophobia. Psychotherapy, medication, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are some of the most effective methods.

  • Psychotherapy: This is usually done alone or with a therapist one-on-one. It can help you understand why you have this fear in the first place and how it has affected your life. You might also learn ways of dealing with other phobias that may be causing problems for you.
  • Medication: Antidepressants such as Prozac are used to treat depression or anxiety disorders like galeophobia which could be caused by stressors such as losing a loved one or going through an illness diagnosis process where there’s uncertainty about what will happen next year at work.
  • CBT: This involves talking about your fears until they become less scary – then implementing relaxation techniques (like deep breathing) until they don’t seem so bad anymore.
  • Hypnosis: A practitioner guides patients into hypnosis while they talk through their fears using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises so they no longer feel stressed out when thinking about something stressful occurring in their lives like losing someone close who died unexpectedly due to cancer treatment gone wrong which was unexpected because nobody expected anyone else besides himself being diagnosed with cancer during his lifetime so now he feels worthless especially since nobody seems interested in helping him cure himself either physically or mentally

Interesting Facts

  • People with galeophobia are more likely to avoid swimming in the ocean.
  • Galeophobia is more common in places where shark attacks are more common.
  • Galeophobia is more common in people who have experienced a shark attack.
  • One study showed that children born in places where they are exposed to a greater risk of shark attacks are at higher risk for developing galeophobia.
  • Having experienced a shark attack firsthand is the leading cause of galeophobia.

A study was performed by the University of Florida, and it included more than 1,000 participants who were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their reactions to sharks.

The researchers found that when children were exposed to greater amounts of media coverage about shark attacks, they had an increased chance of developing galeophobia.


Galeophobia is a serious anxiety disorder that makes you feel uncomfortable in the water, but the good news is that there are treatments available. The best time to seek help is right away, because as we’ve seen with galeophobia and shark attacks, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance you have of reducing your symptoms and recovering fully.

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