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Fear of Flying: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about fear of flying.

What is a Fear of Flying?

It is a fear of being on a plane or helicopter while it is flying. Fear of flying is a complaint among people irrespective of their age. It is also called a flying phobia, flying anxiety, avophobia or aerophobia (this can also mean fear of drafts or of fresh air).

Fear of Flying Facts – 

For some people flying is a major source of stress and anxiety. On the positive side most fear is due to do with lack of knowledge. Knowledge is literally power in this situation.

You can develop a fear of flying at any age. There can be various reasons for the development of flying and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.

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Frequently asked questions

Why are people afraid of flying?


There can be multiple reasons but mostly it is a feeling of not being safe so knowledge is very important.




What can you do to cure it?


Understand what are the triggers for your fears and anticipate them:

Latch on to triggers that set you off.
Get onto the flight with knowledge.
Anticipate your anxiety.
Separate fear from actual danger.
Recognize that common sense makes no sense.
- Anxiety can trick common sense.
- You can outsmart your anxiety.
Smooth over things that go bump in the flight.
Let other fliers know what you are frightened of
Value each flight.





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