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    Old 03-16-2007, 09:24 AM   #1
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    Panic Attack on Planes

    I suffer a severe phobia of flying. I have had several panic attacks on planes and now have to take Ativan in order to fly. I am diagnosed OCD Panic Disorder. Does anyone know of therapy for fear of flying? I suppose it is linked to fear of dying. I am sure the plane I am on is going to crash. I hate living with this as it limits my lifstyle. I live on an island and have to fly in order to go anywhere. I know how irrational I am behaving and no matter how much I reassure myself that I am going to be fine, as soon as I reach the airport I feel a panic attack coming on. Any help would be appreciated.

     
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    Old 03-18-2007, 02:23 AM   #2
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    Hmm, well I'm not sure how much help I will be but I can do my best. In my cognitive behavioral therapy plan, they recommend "practicing" flying. Taking a 30 minute flight, then an hour, then two hours, etc. until you get more comfortable with it. Obviously that can get costly, and difficult to arrange, but it does make sense.

    Something I also do is if I'm going to have to fly, I just DO NOT think about it until the very last minute. If the thought creeps into my head, I ignore it and pretend like I'm not going to be flying. I don't let myself imagine plane crashes, I don't let myself start to worry. Panic attacks are *always* a result of prior negative thinking, and the more time you've devoted to gearing yourself up to panic, the worse your panic will be.

    This method also works when you're actually on the plane. I sit by the window so that I can keep it shut and I do NOT look out, no matter how tempting. I bring a lot of books and magazines, not just one, so there is a constant flux of things to distract myself with. An mp3 player or little CD player can prove to be priceless as well.

    I'm not sure if I'm allowed to suggest this, but drinking a little might help too. I mean if the plane SERVES alcohol, don't bring your own! And of course if you are under 21 then definitely do not ever drink. I've flown on business class that has free drinks before, and a couple of bloody marys made a big difference in my ability to distract myself from the fact that I was 20,000 feet above sea level.

     
    Old 03-23-2007, 05:11 PM   #3
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    Thank you Wholegrain,

    I am feeling better for this advice. I have allowed a few bad thoughts to creep in this week as I am flying in 10days. I will make an active effort to dispel all future negative thoughs. NEVER LOOK DOWN Lol!

    You have brightened my day, thanks.

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    Old 03-24-2007, 04:56 AM   #4
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    You're welcome.

     
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