What is Fear of Flying (Aviophobia)?
Having a fear of flying (otherwise known as Aviophobia) can be extremely difficult and restricting. The world is becoming closer with the convenience of internet, telephones and air-travel, and in many circumstances flying is becoming a modern-day necessity. Close relatives immigrate, business opportunities demand travel to far off places and the wonders of the world are only a plane ticket and a few hours away.
While many people experience mild anxiety before a flight, those with Aviophobia experience overwhelming symptoms of stress and anxiety which commonly affect their functioning.
Fear of Flying is a specific phobia that affects millions of people worldwide. Fortunately there are various treatment options that can help conquer the fear that is keeping you grounded.
Symptoms of Aviophobia
A person with a fear of flying feels intense anxiety at even the thought of having to travel by air and will usually avoid it at all costs. In some cases, when a flight is unavoidable, a person with Aviophobia will endure the flight with an over-whelming sense of nervousness, possibly even experiencing a panic attack. Other common symptoms expressed are:
- Nausea, vomiting and motion sickness
- Dizziness or a feeling of ‘falling’
- Muscle tension
- Heavy breathing
- Increased heart rate or palpitations
- Shaking or trembling