Running time 90 minutes Country United Kingdom West Germany Language English Deep End is a 1970 British-West German drama film directed by and starring. Set in, the film focuses on the relationship between two young co-workers at a suburban bath house and swimming pool. In 2009, Bavaria Media, a subsidiary of, which co-produced the film in 1970 through its subsidiary Maran Film, began a digital restoration as part of the film's 40th anniversary, in cooperation with the. The restored film was re-released in UK cinemas on 6 May 2011 and was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 18 July 2011 in BFI's series. In March 2012 it was first shown on TV.
Bathophobia means the fear of depths. It is fear or anxiety associated with the sea or water bodies of various types, though; many Bathophobic individuals are also known to fear tunnels, mountain valleys or caves. The word Bathophobia originates from Greek word bathios which means “deep or depth” and phobos meaning “aversion, dread or fear”. People living with this phobia try to avoid lakes, swimming pools, seas, hallways, wells, mountain valleys, tunnels or all other things that have depth associated with them. When they do encounter these, they tend to experience apprehension or have a full blown panic attack.
They often realize that their fear is irrational however they are unable to overcome it. In some extreme cases, their fear may even interfere with their daily lives. What are the causes of Bathophobia? Like many specific phobias, the causes of Bathophobia are often unknown; however, most experts believe that they stem from negative or traumatic events in the individual’s early life.
If someone goes off the deep end, they become very angry. My dad went off the deep end when he found out what I'd done. Note: The deep end is the end of a swimming pool where the water is deepest.
Thus, having witnessed a loved one drown, or even watching an older adult/caregiver/parent show a fear of depths can trigger Bathophobia. One Bathophobe recalls having been asked by his teacher to plunge his hand inside a 5 gallon jar for removing dead creatures that their class was studying in Biology. He recalls experiencing a “shiver and feeling of great apprehension” at the thought of encountering “the unexpected”.
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This incident led him to fear depths of all kinds even into his adulthood. Anxiety and phobias related to deep water bodies such as seas, rivers etc can be precipitated by number of stressors and are often evolutionary. The ocean has, right since times unknown, embodied extreme fears of mankind. These include falling headlong into an abyss, being attacked by dangerous sea predators, fearing overhead environments etc. Media, TV and movies, news reports of accidents related to depths can also instill such fear in high strung or anxious individuals. Many medical conditions are also known stressors that lead to anxiety and phobias: diabetes, menopause, PMS, certain cardiac conditions, thyroid or parathyroid related illnesses combined with daily environmental stress can be deadly combinations that could trigger the fear of depths. Symptoms of fear of depths The symptoms of fear of depths phobia vary from person to person and situation to situation.
Like in all other specific phobias, the symptoms of Bathophobia include:. Feeling nauseated. Experiencing hot and cold flashes. Shivering, trembling, trying to flee from the place. Hysterical response like crying, screaming. Feeling dizzy, having an elevated heart rate, breathing in rapid and deep manner. Feeling total loss of control, feeling ‘unreal’.
Having thoughts of death or dying. Feeling trapped or unable to escape. Avoidance behavior: avoiding the beach and other water bodies or excursions that involve valleys and mountains or traveling through tunnels, etc. Whatever its symptoms; Bathophobia can cause great emotional turmoil that might interfere with one’s ability to function normally and might completely disrupt the phobic’s day to day life. Overcoming the fear and anxiety associated with depths Psychological techniques to overcome Bathophobia Many people wish to scuba dive. They might have seen pictures and videos of people diving and having a good time. However, their fear of depths prevents them from enjoying activities related to the sea.
The use of medications in such individuals has shown favorable results in overcoming stress and anxiety associated with diving. Some examples of medicines are imipramine (Tofranil), propranalol (Inderal) or alprazolam (Xanax).
However, doctors often hesitate to prescribe these as they are known to cause extreme drowsiness that can impair a diver’s ability to focus and concentrate. Non-pharmalogical techniques are the best bet to overcome fear of depths phobia. To name a few: Hypnosis, systematic desensitization, CBT or cognitive behavior therapy, Implosion therapies etc have all been known to successfully help people overcome Bathophobia. A series of mental exercises such as imagining oneself approaching a valley or deep water body, or stepping into the water body or wearing the scuba diving/paragliding equipment and actually diving are known methods of overcoming one’s anxiety response. Some other methods include in-vivo exercises such as actually standing in waist deep water or walking in the pool etc.
These are a few proven methods of overcoming Bathophobia once and for all. Well this makes perfect sense. Not sure where it stems from but I have my assumptions. I used to go boating all the time as a child on our local lake. We would water ski, knee board, intertube – which were all fun.
But I would have a full blown panic attack every time I hit the water and start swimming because I was so afraid of the deepness and what could be in there. I would shake and shake my legs violently until I calmed down.
My parents had were oblivious and just thought I was obnoxious. I still have a problem with any depth to this day and also caves and mountain valleys! I am a bathophobe myself and there wasn’t anything traumatic that happened to me that caused it.
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The earliest I can remember the bathophobia first showing up was when I was playing this one weird Dreamcast game called Ecco the Dolphin. You play as a dolphin of course and you have to swim around and then save the world somehow. Anyway, there was one particular section that to this day just freaks me out. You had to swim into this one cave part and the water was REALLY dark. And I couldn’t do it. I just froze up and started hyperventilating.
I don’t understand why this happened but it just did. This would always happen whenever I would see deep dark underwater scenes in movies, TV, video games, etc. Whenever I play a video game that has deep underwater parts I have to get a friend to do it for me because I can’t do it.
It’s justkinda weird. I never figured out why I developed bathophobia.
Okay, I am not alone then. I am a really good swimmer. I have swam in pools, infinity pools, lakes and ocean. However, I need some adjustment period to overcome my initial fear of depths and undercurrents. Even the deep end of the pool that I have been swimming in since childhood scares me at first.
Recently, I had gone out of town for summer vacation and returned to the same Gym pool. They had made some changes. I was doubting that they must have increased the depth near the deep end.
Same thing happens in open water, When my feet leave the bottom, I panic for the first 30 seconds and splash around like a fool and then relax and swim or tread water. All I need is some mental preparation so that I can tread deep water before panic sets in. I thought it would go away as I become a more advanced swimmer but no. However, after the initial panic is overcome, I swim and dive confidently. I get in the water at the shallow end and do some bobbing exercises and sculling exercises, If I feel the water for sometime, I seem to overcome that initial fear.
More than the depth of large bodies of water, I am afraid of the hidden undercurrents. Flowing Rivers and Rip currents scare me to death. However a large but calm pool does not scare me after I feel the water for a while. Our body needs to make the transition from walking as the main form of mobility to other forms like floating, drifting and gliding while keeping the head about water for breathing. Some people can do that instantaneously. Some of us need more time.
As a kid I would just jump in the deep end and swim like a mermaid. This new fear came since my teen years.
I think as we become more aware of the vastness and dangers of water and our own limitations, we acquire new fears.