Our expert says:
You don't mention where you live, but if you'd go on holiday to Durban, I'm guessing its not at the coast. If you live inland in most of SA, it'd require a tidal wave to end all tidal waves, an Apocalypse and End of the World to even manage to get your feet wet !
But then, this is typical of phobias - they are irrational and unreasonable but compelling and fearsome.
They are not vuluntary or stupid, but often seem so to people fortunate enough not to have experienced them.
Fortunately they respond well to proper treatment, from a shrink. Arrange to see a good local shrink for a full assessment and diagnosis, and a discussion of treatment options. Ideally, these should include some medications of the sort also used to treat depression ( and NOT sedative tranqullizers ), and CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) a special form of counselling able to help you learn to surpass those fears, control such concerns and feel calm and confident, even if you went to the beach and took up surfing !
Its much easier than you might imagine to conquer such fears. On the other hand, left to themselves, they tend to grow more severe and get more elaborate, so don't waste more time being handicapped by them.
People who believe they know when the world will end are total idiots and should be ignored scornfully. Everyone who irresponsibly makes such firm predictions should be sued for damages on December 22nd, by everyone who was worried by them.
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