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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.


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.