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Does anyone know anyone who has had a fear of flying?
Please let me know if they had success in overcoming and if
so, how did they do it? I am looking for a therapist or
therapy treatment that deals specifically with this fear. I
never used to be afraid of flying until I had a terrible
flight in Turkey a few years ago with quite strong
turbulence. Ever since then, my flying experiences have
been traumatic. Grateful for any useful feedback.
Sorry to hear you are going through this. I had the exact same thing occur to
me: no fear of flying, one bad flight, followed by BAD fear of flying (ie: panic
attack, etc.) I, however, only had one of those post bad flight episodes and then
asked my doctor if there was anything she recommended. She did: Ativan. Now
whenever I travel by plane (which I do a lot) I take 1-2 Ativan before the flight
and my fears still exist but they don't bother me almost at all.
Talk to your doc. It worked for me.
I simply take a Xanax. I have BAD fear of flying (mine
started after 9/11), in fact, I once forgot to put the Xanax
in my hand luggage -- that plane did not take off for a
while. So I take a pill about 15 min before take-off and I
will be asleep for most of the flight. It also has the added
bonus that I don't have to worry ahead of time about taking
10 Years ago I could have posted your question myself.
Thanks to a terrible flight experience in China, I'd
developed a debilitating fear of flying. It would start
days before my flight even, with loss of appetite, anxiety,
depression; and then I'd spend the actual flight sweating,
gripping the armrest, not eating, not talking, not reading,
just counting the minutes until the plane landed. It was
really awful, and really embarrassing. For me, the question
of how to get over it was especially important, because I
literally travel for a living - that's my career. To stop
flying, for me, would require a major life change I didn't
want for any other reason. None of the suggested techniques
worked for me. Taking Xanax was not helpful, and therapy
was completely ineffective for me. Eventually I had to face
the reality - either get over it, or stop flying.
My approach doesn't sound good at all, but it worked for me.
I would tell myself, ''The worst thing that can possibly
happen is that I will die in a horrible, fiery crash.'' I'd
actually say that to myself on the plane, bluntly, more than
once if necessary - and I'd think on it a bit. With that, I
eventually came to peace with that possibility, the same way
we all come to peace with the fact that we are all going to
die some day. Really, it sounds awful, but when you take
the knee-jerk, avoidance, reflex-reaction out of it, and
replace it with a ''there's nothing I can do'' attitude, that
fear is gradually replaced with a logical acceptance (a.k.a.
just don't dwell on it). It's hard to explain, but I have
no fear of flying anymore. I fly a lot, and it took several
flights to completely relax. If you'd asked me ten years
ago if I could ever get over my fear of flying, I would have
You have to take the bull by the horns, and face your fears
head on. Or stop flying.
Got Over It
I had the exact same problem. One awful flight, and the next time
I boarded a plane and it shook slightly in midair, I freaked out.
I got a prescription for Ativan and used it for the next several flights.
It helped a lot, but what really helped was an explanation of turbulence
I read online. It analogized air turbulence to the way a boat rocks going
through water. Since then, when the plane bucks a little, I just visualize
being on a ski boat and rocking in the waves, and I don't get nervous at ALL.
fearofflying.com, the SOAR program, changed my life. I have always been
terrified of flying and have used drugs and alcohol to numb my phobia. Since
becoming a Mom, getting wasted is no longer an option, but this is much better.
the owner Captain Tom Bunn, though his name may sound a little corny, is
passionate about the psychology behind the fear helping people overcome it.
Check it out!!!
I'm am seeking recommendations for a therapist to work with
my 20 year old daughter, who has developed a fear of flying
after a enduring a truly scary flight a few years ago. She
has to fly back and forth from college, and envisions a life
of travel and perhaps even working abroad. We also have
family abroad. So she is ready to tackle this issue
seriously while she is home this summer.
We live in Lamorinda, but she could drive either to Walnut
Creek or Oakland. I hope to find someone who is kind, but
will also push her when needed, and who has experience
successfully helping patients with phobias.
Definitely call the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
(www.sfbacct.com) in Oakland. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the best
treatment for phobia, and the psychologists at the Center for Cognitive Therapy
are top notch.
I wrote the original post about being afraid to fly...Thanks
for all of the responses!
Many folks have gotten relief from taking anti-anxiety drugs to
help them during a flight. I have taken ativan during several
flights before and it was somewhat helpful. However, the issue
for me is that I also get terrible motion sickness (which I
have had my whole life and have in cars, boats and other non-
anxiety producing situations.) I definitely need to take
something for the motion sickness and have been told not to
take it with an anti-anxiety drug because they both make you
sleepy. Anyone else have a drug combo they like to address both
fearful and nauseated flyer
One word: GINGER! I get MISERABLY motion sick. Tried every Rx
and non Rx med around until I was in England and going over to
France via ferry and forgot my meds. The only thing they had in
the ferry gift shop was ginger tabs. I took them and fifteen
years later can't imagine ever living without. I buy the
capsules and take two an hour before flying and then every three
hours while flying. They are 99% effective. I've never vomited,
but once on a super turbulent flight I did feel a tiny bit
queasy. So, GINGER!!
Very Queasy Traveler
Okay so I know exactly what you are going through. I have really bad
motion sickness, I can't sit in an ocean side restaurant and look at
the sea without getting sick. I am also very anxious about flying. I
stopped flying at one point for about 7 years. The combination that I
have come up with, which I am not saying is safe but I have taken
dozens of times is 2 dramamine (normal dose) and 2 sudafed (normal
dose) every 6 hours and then about 8 zanx that are the lowest dose .25
mg and I might take that again for a long flight. This combo has
worked really well for me but now i am going to be trying my first
flight free of medications with my new baby because I am breast
feeding exclusively. Good luck feel free to email me if you would
like. I have also taken the fear of flying course at SFO
A healthy alternative to medication for fear of flying - I had
hypnotherapy sessions with Dr. Francis Dreher in Kensington for my
fear of flying. Prior to hypnotherapy I took anti-anxiety medication
when flying but now instead I listen to his hypnotherapy tapes every
night for about a week before trips. I still have to work at
releasing the anxiety caused by flying and can at times have some
tense moments when in flight but I am able to fly and I feel totally
fine when I get off of the plane. With medication I found that I was
calm during the flight but once the flight was over I felt very drowsy
and ended up losing at least the rest of the day when flying because I
was so tired from the meds. It might be worth a try.
I hate to fly. I am totally afraid of it. I am looking for
recommendations of ''treatments'' that others have found helpful
(i.e. therapy, Fear of Flying Clinic, taking medication).
On the last flight that I took before I decided to do something about my
flying, I spent the entire flight curled up in the fetal position
weeping -- so I really
do know what it means to be afraid of flying. I am so sorry that you
from the same fear, because it makes life so difficult if you want to
travel. I tried
various kinds of drugs -- valium, zanex -- but none of them helped.
me was going to a therapist who specializes in phobias and panic and
confronting why I was afraid. I went to her for probably ten sessions.
recommended that I buy a relaxation cd -- Flying Without Fear -- and
techniques on the cd. I still don't like flying, but I can do it -- and
myself a bit. You can do it, too. You just have to really make up your
change how you approach flying and how you think -- this is much more
than it might sound. But my life is so much better now that I've
overcome this. I
can fly to see friends and family -- I can fly to travel to wonderful
places -- and I
don't suffer from that panic and anxiety that were so unpleasant and
luck to you!
Flying without fear
Hi. I want to let you know that I too have had anxiety while
flying in the last few years. Before that I was pretty cool
even with turbulence. But, on some recent flights with
turbulence I was a nervous wreck - sweating, gripping the arm
rests, etc. So, when I had to fly to Chicago in inclement
weather recently I called my GP to see what he would recommend
to ''take the edge off''. He prescribed the generic form of
Xanax and I took one pill before my east bound flight and one
pill before my return flight. Although there was turbulence, I
was a lot calmer. I don't have anxiety in other situations, I
was just wreck when flying. So, maybe Xanax would also work
for you. I had no side affects but I did sleep well on both
I took a FEAR OF FLYING Class at SFO, it was Fantastic. We
talked to Pilots, Stewardess, Machinests, Baggage Handlers,went
into the Air Traffic Control tower and ended this class (lasted
4 weekends I think) with a flight to Seattle. We went there
and then flew right back. You did it with a ''graduate buddy''
who sat next to you for the whole flight. I loved the class
and still refer to the binder. It TEACHES you why you should
n't be afraid and if you are, how to cope. I highly recommend
you take it, well worth the money. Don't let your fear make
your miss important events because you don't want to get on the
I too had a huge fear of flying. I wouldn't go on any trips
unless I absolutely had to and then I would dread it for weeks
until I had to get on the plane. Once I was on the plane I was a
wreck. Crying, sweating, just a complete mess. My doctor
prescribed Lorazepam (also know by the brand name Atavan) and it
was the best thing I could have hoped for. It is an anti-anxiety
medicine and I have the best, most relaxing flights ever now. I
even try to see if I can get myself all worked up while on the
flight by imagining the plane crashing, and I just don't react.
My brain is able to rationalize that the probability of that
happening is very slim and I will be fine. Before the Lorazepam
I would have been in a complete panic. I do not usually like to
take medicine so I tried just a half a pill and it still worked
for me. I would usually take it about a half hour before my
flight, to make sure it was working before we took off, and a
half a pill lasted me about 5 hours.
After a traumatic flight several years ago, I don't like flying
either. I did an hour therapy session with the former pilot
turned therapist at fearofflying.com -- which was helpful. He
has a ton of tricks to calm your mind and keep your head in the
right place (and he sells a set of CDs). My doctor also
prescribed meds to take before flying, which work OK, but not
great. My husband, who is usually my flying companion, is good
at talking me down, and I like to watch the flight attendants,
who look nonchalant during the worst turbulance. I've also found
that the MORE I fly, the better it is. And I make it through 3-4
trips per year -- including cross-country and international
Working on it
I have the same fear, but I have managed some progress with it this way.
First of all,
if you are like me, stop feeling bad about being afraid of flying.
Everybody has fears
and being afraid of flying isn't so irrational. It is unnatural for
humans to fly.
Anyone who blows you off or makes light of your fear or teases you can
go to ****.
For me, it was about control. I'm not afraid to drive myself places,
because I am
controlling the car. But I have to trust perfect strangers to fly my
plane. I learned to
give up my need to control things I couldn't control by controlling the
things I could.
I stopped being so ''nice'', I got more sleep. I took showers when I
wanted to (even if
it was during the dang NFL pregame show). I cooked what I wanted to eat
and everyone just had to live with it or go make themselves PB&J. Get
I stopped naively trusting, too. This may sound harsh, but instead of
DH to remember little things, I just stopped asking. Stop counting on
things that are
unreliable and put your trust in things that are. Like the piolet. You
assume he has never crashed a plane. Turbulence is scary. I read up on
it on the
internet. Most of the bumpy stuff we feel is teeny tiny turbulence. The
designed to basically survive a hurricane. Sit in the backseat of a car
with your eyes
closed and realize how much bumpier the ride is than most turbulence. So
little bumps on the road make your car ride so turbulent, just realize
how small the
bumps of air current are during plane turbulence. Arm yourself with
facts. Also, an
iPod with your favorite music that you can completely concentrate on
Close your eyes and sing along in your head. Do yoga breathing. I also
air in the cabin doesn't have as much oxygen in it as on land, and you
experience altitude issues,that's why you feel anxious because your
brain is reacting
correctly to less oxygen. It's a physical reality, you are not imagining
silly. Take care of yourself. You are not alone and you don't have
fellow reluctant flyer
My nurse practitioner prescribed an anti-anxiety medication
called Alprazolam (.25mg) which is a generic for Xanax because
I also felt I needed something before I got on a plane last
summer. Just to let you know, I hadn't been on one since the
summer of 2000 at that point. I never took any of it, but just
having it somehow allowed me to feel okay about flying from CA
to two different cities in central Mexico and back with a total
of 5 take-offs and 5 landings! It was very reassuring to know
I had something I could take if I felt uneasy.
There is a class at Vallejo Kaiser (not restricted to kaiser
members) called Phobease.It's a 6 week (I think) class for
people with all kinds of Phobias. There is one for adults, and
one for kids. I don't have the number anymore. We took my son to
it years ago. Great class.
I'm also terrified of flying. I started taking lorazepam to fly
several years ago - it doesn't help with the days leading up to
the flight when I begin the nervous cycle, but it does help me
actually get on the airplane, and frequently helps me sleep
through the flight. I'm curious to hear if others have managed to
actually get over their fear of flying...
When my husband and I met, he had not flown for many years due to
fear of flying. Within a year, he was back on a plane after
trying the 3 things that you mentioned: seeing a hypnotherapist
(Andrew Condey in Berkeley), using a prescription for Ativan, and
going through the Fear of Flying Clinic at Oakland Airport
(www.fofc.com). At this point, he's now a volunteer at the clinic
to support other fearful flyers. Within a couple of years, we
traveled to Europe twice, to South America once, and have taken
many shorter flights in the U.S. If you want me to put you in
contact with him, feel free to write to me directly. I wish you
the best of luck. You really can do it!!
One word: Valium
But I'm sure any anti-anxiety medication would work. I know people
prescriptions solely for the purpose of flying and they have had
success. Not sure
which drugs though, but my point is that you could certainly discuss
with your doctor
and explain that you would only use it when flying.
Oh I can relate. I have a horrible fear of flying. About 6
years ago I did a Fear of Flying class, based at SF Airport that
was actually pretty helpful. It was expensive and facilitated by
a ''therapist'' (IE someone who called herself a therapist who
wasn't licensed). BUT it was very helpful to be around all of
those other folks who were also TERRIFIED of flying, and
realizing that others have similar thoughts and fears (maybe even
worse fears than I do!). We were given a lot of practical
information (a pilot, mechanic, flight attendant, others met with
us and answered all and every question thrown at them) as well as
behavioral techniques to help us deal with our fears. We then
flew together (had to pay extra for that) round trip to Portland.
I DO think it was helpful, I DON'T think it cured me. I still
avoid flying pretty much, which is a drag.
I''ll be curious to hear what others post.
fearful flyer too
I had this problem--I used valium for a while (one 10 minutes
before take-off did the trick), then got over it. Dunno whether
the relaxed flights de-sensitized me, or if something else
helped, but it's not a problem anymore.
I was deathly afraid of flying from the age of 20 on. Just took
one slightly negative experience and I was done. I was landlocked
for about seven years before I started trying to get back to
life. Flying really is part of living. I signed on with an
amazing cognative therapist who worked with me on my fear of
flying (and other fears that developed through that). With a
combination of therapy and some medication, I now fly almost once
a month. I'll be the first to admit, I'd rather not. I'll never
be totally comfortable with it, but exposure is the best way to
get over it. I would suggest you contact the San Francisco
Center for Cognative Therapy (they have an office in Rockridge)
and see if there are any openings. I have definitely been there
and the best way to get over it is to... fly. Good luck.
My 5 year old son has a tendency towards anxiety, especially under times of
transition or stress, and about a year ago when we were travelling he kind of
freaked out on the airplane, saying ''We're going to fall down! Stop the plane! We
have to get off!! We made it through that trip but needless to say it was a pretty
Now it has been over a year since we last flew, and we are going to the East Coast
for the Holidays, and he is adamant that he doesn't want to go and is afraid of
I have consulted with our health plan's mental health division but they may not even
be able to see him before we leave, and I am not convinced that would help.
I am worried that he will panic again and refuse to get on the plane.
We have offered all sorts of incentives, and are planning to have a portable DVD
player for the flight, since individual video screens seemed to help last year, but I
am interested in any other suggestions this group might have.
Worried mama of worrier
This may not work with a 5 year old, but thought I'd tell you my
experience in case it helps later. I also was afraid of flying as a
child and when I was probably in my early teens my parents drew a
diagram and explained the basic principles behind WHY a plane stays
aloft. That made a huge difference for me, knowing why we weren't going
to fall out of the sky.
Hope that's helpful at some point
Now a happy and frequent flier
We recently took a plane trip with our 5-year-old, who has flown many
times before, without event, but suddenly on this trip was extremely
worried and anxious. He told us he was very afraid to get on the plane.
Finally he told us the thing he was worried about was his ears popping,
which he had heard was a problem for children on planes. It turned out
that he thought that his ears would literally pop, like a balloon. I
tried to explain about altitude and pressure but he wasn't buying it.
Finally I told him that chewing gum keeps your ears from popping, and he
cheered up immediately. He is never allowed gum, so it was a huge
treat. I told him he should start chewing when the plane started moving,
and that would keep his ears from popping. Everything went great.
He told us after the flight, Hey! It really worked! The moral of the
story is that when they say they are afraid, they may be afraid of
something that never occurred to you. Also, it is worth it to forbid
certain things like gum so you can use it later for this type of
I will be flying alone with my 3-yr-old to visit family in a month. My
child is great on
planes, but I am not. I get very nervous during any kind of turbulence
and I am
worried about upsetting my daughter by my anxious facial expression. I
this is a pretty irrational fear and I usually talk myself through it.
Usually I am flying
with my husband and he distracts our child if I need some time for myself.
anyone have any tips for me? Or facts about how the laws of physics
the plane to crash in regular turbulence, etc.? Thanks!
I hate to fly too! and you and I are not alone. My children
have helpt me tremendously though getting over my fears: I
totally focus on them, their well being and it gets me out of
my own anxiety. Your husband not being there, putting you in
charge totally may be a great opportunity to step out of
yourself. Talking about turbulences with your daughter as it
occurs, explaining to her how harmless it is, will hopefully do
you some good
Dear Nervous, I have anxiety about flying too and my ob/gyn has
prescribed Xanax to take to ease the fear when I fly. I highly
recommend it, both for yourself and your child. It works very
well at taking the edge off and keeping you calm, and doesn't
make you sleepy
Take some homeopathic Gelsemium (available at Whole Foods
elephant Pharmacy, etc) before heading to the airport. Take the
bottle in your purse and take as needed for the trip
Used to be scared
I am also a chicken-of-the-sky. In fact, I'm already dreading a flight I have to
in October. For your non-baby-related fears about flying, you might want to look
for a really good book called ''Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know about Air
Travel'' by Patrick Smith. The author, a pilot and Salon.com writer, answers
questions about flying itself (how the plane stays up in the air, turbulence, what
*was* that noise?!, etc.) and gives a ton of other strangely fascinating information
about the airline industry and its employees, what it's like to be a pilot, etc.
best part of the entire book for me was learning that there are around 27,000
commercial flights *every day* in the United States. That's more than 9 million
flights per year, in the U.S. alone, and in most years every one of those flights is
successful -- or at least crash-free
Oh I can so relate, I HATE flying, and my kids do not, nor do I
want them too (I also loved flying as a kid). If it's any help
at all, I took a fear of flying class and part of the class
featured a pilot who ASSURED us that turbulence does not cause a
plane crash. Also, turbulence is ranked, and I believe (if I
remember correctly) that anything we typically feel in airplanes
is a level 0 or 1 (level 4 is a hurricane or something insane
like that). One thing that always makes me feel better on a
flight is watching the flight attendants. Maybe you already do
this, but if they look calm, I usually feel better b/c they do
this every DAY and have a good sense of what is in the range of
normal. GOOD LUCK, I really empathize with you, it is truly hard.
Another thing to think about is that it is OK to show your child
that you feel fear. What about saying something like, ''It makes
Mama nervous when the plane bumps'' nothing wrong with that, right?
Another nervous flyer
Hi, Scaredy-cat flyer,
Me, too. I have known to be a wreck flying (and I just logged an
international flight to Europe by myself). Here are a few
1) Can you upgrade or get a ticket for business and/or first
class? There is much less movement felt toward the front of the
plane. DO NOT LET THE AIRLINE PUT YOU IN THE BACK OF THE PLANE,
where families with children get relegated. If you can't manage
a bus. or first class ticket, how 'bout paying the small, extra
amount for economy plus, at the front of economy/coach?
2) Can you get some Xanax; the most superficial dose, you can
consult your doctor, will relax you and not put you in the
position of falling asleep (we scaredy cats can never sleep on
the plane anyway, eh?) or making you so whoozy that you can't
take care of your child (you can even experiment with dose, on
the ground, in your home).
3) I am about to start Cognitive Behavior therapy for this issue
(as well as a myriad of other anxieties), but the thinking behind
this is to replace a thought like, ''Ohmygod, the plane's shaking,
this is it'' with ''The plane is shaking, it does it all the time,
planes are built for this, and this plane, on this route, with
this airline, shakes on every flight and makes it, safely, to its
4) Let the stewardess/steward know that you are a nervous flyer
and may need some reassurance.
Good luck--been there and done that
Always happier on the ground
Have some project ready with which to distract yourself - a
trashy magazine, sudoku, a crossword, reorganizing the carryon
bag, whatever. I HATE flying (and yes, I also realize how
irrational it is), and have found that I must have something to
do in order to distract myself and hide my frozen mask of terror
from the kid
Terrified of Turbulence Too
Two books that have helped me enormously are: Ask the Pilot by
Patrick Smith (he also has a column on Salon.com) and Flying
without Fear I re-read them before I have to fly, and find them
both informative and reassuring.
I actually find that I am less nervous flying with my child than
I am flying without him. I think that having to tend to his many
needs takes my mind of my own fears and makes me less
hypervigilant. I don't love flying and never will, but his
presence improves things for me.
We are beginning to make our plans for a european vacation and
everytime I think of the flight or the days leading up to it I
get a pit in my stomach. I was always a bit nervous flying,
and now after 911 and all of these flights that keep getting
cancelled because of threats , it just all seems so frightening
and overwhelming. Has anyone tried taking a seditive just for
the flight? Any other suggestions? I can't just take sleeping
pills as I have kids I will need to look after on the flight.
I have been afraid of flying for years. A few years ago I
started to take clonipin just before getting on the plane, and
it's worked wonders. It makes me sleepy, but I can still attend
to the kids. It's made it so I can fly without my heart jumping
into my throat when there is a little turbulence. So I
definitely recommend medication!
I would strongly recommend the Fear of Flying Clinic...
see their website at www.fofc.com
I loved flying until I was in my late 20's and then suddenly
became afraid and started avoiding flying and was very anxious
when I did fly. I attended one the Fear of Flying classes and it
was great. They have wonderful speakers including a pilot,
flight attendent, former fearful flyer and mechanic. The class
is co-facilitated by a psychologist who specializes in this area.
You get to visit the air traffic control tower at SFO which was
really cool! Anyways it helped tremendously. Also the people in
the class were great and showed a lot of humor about their fear.
The class included people who hadn't flown in years because of
extreme fear to people who fly regularly but feel a little
anxious. I took a flight a week after the class and I actually
Xanax, baby, xanax. I've always been a nervous flyer but 911 put
me over the edge. I jump at any sound, suspect that every other
person is a potential shoe-bomber, I start to panic when anyone
heads to the bathroom at the front of the plane... I asked my
Dr. for a little something to take the edge off and she
recommended Xanax because it wears off within six hours (of
course, you can pop another one at that time) and it doesn't put
you to sleep. I found that this was a very good solution to my
troubles. I'm still not 100% comfortable on planes but Xanax has
helped me get through both short and long flights.
Happily Popping Xanax 20 Minutes Before Take-off
There is a wonderful 6 week class through Vallejo Kaiser called
Phobease. One class is for kids with phobias and one is for
adults. My son took the kids class and it was really great. They
deal with ALL kinds of phobias. You don't have! to be a Kaiser
member. The leader of the class, Dr. Liebgold and his 2 helpers
were both cured of a variety of phobias.
I don't have the number but it's through Vallejo Kaiser Health
I used to be very anxious about flying and would almost get
panic stricken when there was any turbulance. A few years ago I
told a flight attendant about those feelings adn she told me
that a plane has NEVER been struck out of the air due to
turbulance.The most dangerous thing about turbulance is if it's
bad, the overhead compartments can open and things fall out.
Although that doesn't seem to be your issue, that TOTALLY put my
mind at ease and although I don't love flying, I'm not as
anxious about it as I used to be.
My boyfriend has a paralyzing fear of flying. I recently asked
my doctor what we can do about this, since I'm getting worn out
from doing all the flying (he lives on the E.Coast presently, my
kids and I fly to see him, but never the reverse because of his
fear). The doctor suggested Xanax,(sp?) which would have to be
prescribed by his doctor. I've since talked to several people
with anxiety about various things, each of them has used Xanax
for single-use and multiple-use anxiety and found that it worked
very well. Good luck!
There are drugs that you can take that will relax you and take
the edge off the fear and still allow you to be awake and deal
with your kids. Talk to your doctor. I've done that a couple of
times and it makes a huge difference -- I began to realize I was
as afraid of the feelings of fear and panic ! as I was of actually
flying, and by taking a mild sedative I was able to enjoy my
vacations from the very start to the very end. I would suggest
taking a test run with anything prescribed just in case you have
a paradoxical reaction or an unpleasant side effect.
still afraid but calmer
Hi - I suffered through a panic disorder/depression about 12
years ago and never spoke with a doctor. I felt panic at the
thought of being stuck in traffic on a bridge or in a tunnel,
or being on a plane for long periods of time. Luckily, time,
exercise and self-esteem building activities have helped me.
My personal take on the matter, is it all comes from my
perceived lack of control (especially after the birth of my
daughter, who is now five). Although I don't really have a
problem with panic anymore, I still have occasional discomfort
in crowds, and specifically within cr! oweded, enclosed spaces
(Disneyland!) and long air flights. Two years ago, prior to a
long flight, my physician prescribed a mild dose of Xanax to
combat this problem and it worked very well. I have taken it a
few times for long flights with my children, and do not feel
impaired at all. If you feel your issue is bigger than
occasional (and logical, given the times) fear of flying, You
may want to check with your doctor about therapy. I wish I
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