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Handling Panic Attack While Flying

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by mangaii, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. mangaii

    mangaii Gold IL'ite

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    Every time I think of flying I’m getting panic attacks to the extent I have been avoiding flying for last few years . Should I see a therapist ? I feel like I have no control when the flight is on the sky . I have feelings that I’m going to walk through the exit door and die . Now I’m extremely paranoid of flying . Any inputs will be appreciated on how to overcome this issue ?
     
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  2. daksh

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    I used to have extreme phobia with escalators. Every time, I have to step on the escalator, my heart would start racing up, start to sweat, and I would be extremely anxious that my legs are going to be stuck while I step on the escalator. People including friends and close ones would make fun of me, though I myself know that I am acting insane, but I was not able to get past the fear, and I would avoid escalators as much as I could. Then I talked with my PCP, she suggested instead of avoiding it, get a supportive person to be with you and face it as much as you could, slowly you will get desensitized after every time nothing bad happens. Believe me or not, it worked, now I am not scared of escalators anymore.

    For you, the first step would be making sure you are not flying alone, always have some one with you. Talking to the therapist will definitely help, they will suggest some classes that can teach you survival and coping skills and give you some sort of simulation with controlled environment, that might help you with desensitization. The extreme would be getting some antianxiety meds while flying, but personally I would not prefer that. Also the therapist can help you to differentiate if it is a true phobia or a reaction to some past bad flying experience and can help you address that. Good luck, with help, you can overcome this. I did, you can too.
     
  3. SKoundinya

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    hi dear.. do you have history of panic attack for any other situations? did you ever had panic attack while flying before , or is it phobia.. phobia may lead to panic attack. I suggest you to visualization technique where you imagine in your mind that you are boarding and sitting in a plane , and get off safely with no panic attack, that way you train your mind... go to counsellor they will give you tips on how to handle it.
     

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