Aviophobia, Aviatophobia

As technology progresses, a phobia may begin to manifest itself into manmade objects that can cause further feelings of fear and helplessness. Aviophobia, also called aviatophobia, is a general fear of flying or being in an airplane. Air travel has not always existed, so a fear of it is usually traced back to another more severe, underlying phobia of a more natural occurrence (such as heights or people).

Symptoms of Aviophobia

A severe fear of flying could be linked to one of many other types of phobias, which can be embodied into air travel or airplanes. This list below may help you find a link between another common phobia that can be a direct cause of aviophobia.

  • Fear of heights (acrophobia)
  • Fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
  • Fear of water/traveling over water (aquaphobia)
  • Fear of people (sociophobia)
  • Fear of the dark (nyctophobia)
  • Fear of vomiting or motion sickness (emetophobia)

These are just a few of the phobias that are commonly linked to aviophobia. By visiting with a health professional, you will be able to find out what is causing the phobia as well as new methods to cope with these stressful situation.

Treatment of Aviophobia

There any many treatment methods, both conventional and unconventional, that can help you find a way to better cope with your existing phobia. Counseling and self-help methods are widely available and doing some basic Internet research should be able to point you in the right direction for treatment. These counseling methods help a person creating a way to cope with the fear and rationalize stressful situations to realize that there is nothing to be deeply afraid of. Exposure therapy is also widely used and forces a patient to familiarize themselves with their fears. For example, a person may be asked to watch video of air travel or even create drawings of airplanes. Virtual reality therapy is also an existing method, which can create a life-like flying experience in which a person can practice air travel and work on overcoming their phobia.

If there seems to be no practical way for a person to cope with their fear of flying, medication is sometimes used to subdue your fears while traveling. However, these methods are usually avoided unless the person is required to travel constantly with their aviophobia. Long term medications are usually “beta blockers” that could require months of use before they take their intended effect but other prescription drugs, such as Xanax or Valium, can help sedate a patient for the duration of a flight. Still, medications are usually avoided because of negative side effects or fear of addiction.

If you are tired of letting aviophobia control who you are and where you can be, contact a treatment professional and see what methods would be best to help you overcome this fear. Remember, it could be linked to any number of other phobias you may have. Treatment will help you determine what exactly is causing the fear and which coping methods would be best to help treat the problem.

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