Overcoming fear of flying.... hopefully
October 5, 2010 11:10 PM Subscribe
It's high time I get back on an airplane, but I've had difficulty doing that in the past, even with the assistance of medication. How do I make this happen?
posted by rachaelfaith to health & fitness (16 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
With a boyfriend in Vancouver and a dad in Arizona, I really need to get over my flying anxiety. It's been about 3 years since I've been on a plane, and that was a shortish 2 hour flight.
My fear is not of a plane crash or anything like that, but I have a general fear of not being able to escape situations or scenes, as well as agoraphobic tendencies. One of the highest-anxiety situations I can recall was being on a bus whose driver wouldn't open the doors to let me out before the next stop, while I was mid-panic-attack. Being on a plane seems like an even worse type of that situation, since there are no doors to open and nowhere to go if I freak out. I feel like I might be less panicky in a less-crowded first class seat, but I can't afford that.
I have been given both Xanax and Klonopin in the past- even on a healthy dose of Xanax, I remember 'fighting through' the drugged calm most of the flight, and having mini (but not full) panic attacks. I should also mention that I have developed a weird fear of taking prescription medication and generally try to avoid it unless necessary. I understand I'm probably going to have to ignore that, though, and maybe try a new drug.
Have you successfully flown on a plane using a medication, as well as some sort of relaxation technique? How did you feel? Are there any other options I should seek?