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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can i get over fear of flying?

10 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Conditioning: Go to your local small airport and get an introductory ride in a small airplane with a flight instructor. Tell him of your fear and be ready to be very surprised. You may even become a pilot. I have thousands of hours in the air as a pilot, however I still hate commercial flying.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Exactly. Learn about the thing you fear. As a private pilot, I have done this for friends and they have loved it. Think also about the purpose of your flight.
Nov 2, 2017
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
VRT for Phobias: Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www.psious.com, www.limbix.com, or www.virtuallybetter.com.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fear of flying: Agree with earlier responses- Cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, exposure therapy to include virtual reality exposure therapy & behavioral therapy are all possible options.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Fear: Behavior therapy through imagery, relaxation & gradual exposure with desensitization. An experienced psychotherapist can explain details and walk u through it.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-your family physician should be able to provide a referral to an appropriate specialist.
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Yes: This fear or anxiety is amenable to a number of different therapies. Contact a psychologist who deals with anxiety.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Aviophobia: There are three basic treatments for fear of flying severe enough to be classified as an anxiety disorder, systematic densensitization, cognitive therapy and medications. There is a nice overview at http://www.Guidetopsychology.Com/fearfly.Htm. The severity of your phobia will determine which intervention(s)-ur family physician should be able to provide a referral to a the appropriate specialist.

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What to do if i cannot get over my fear of flying?

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Aerophobia: Consider Cognitive Behavior, Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis.
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Is there a medication that can help me get over my fear of flying?

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I disagree with the above answer. See my more complete response above.
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