Fear of flying is a problem that makes many people disabled in terms of their family, social and work life. Families must arrange their vacations to accommodate sufferers. Even the selection of jobs can be very limited if the person has to reject certain opportunities due to restrictions on long-distance travel. Alternatives to air travel may be too expensive or too long.
When treating with ‘phobia of the plane’ (which is also called ‘phobie de l avion’ in the French language) psychologists take a combination of approaches. Someone deals with symptoms of physical anxiety such as a fast heartbeat, sweating, tension, and difficulty sleeping. The approach that usually offers the most help is rapid relaxation training, which most sufferers can learn in 1-2 weeks, with an effective training program.
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The second approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps sufferers to understand how their attitudes and thoughts can be distorted in such a way as to produce repeated negative thoughts or "disasters" about flying. CBT teaches sufferers how to put flying into a more appropriate perspective, rather than seeing it as a dangerous activity that doesn't make sense.
If you are lucky enough to suffer from flying phobias, you will most likely wonder once in a while whether you can overcome the fear of flying or whether it is just something that you are stuck with for the rest of your life. There are times when you’re flying phobia seem unattractive and permanent, but the good news is this doesn't have to happen.