Phobia's - Fear of flying!


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I have a huge completely irrational fear of flying. (To be honest it's more a fear of death rather than the flying part)

Up until last year it copmpletely stopped me from going on holiday or flying with my job (I often used to make a 6 hour car journey rather than an hour in the air) :eek:

Since I met my BF I've flown alone to see him and now he's moved here we fly once or twice a month back home to see his family.

But things never seem to get any easier. I used to knock back a large whiskey or two :eek: before boarding but since starting the diet I've not been able to.

I shake, perspire, panic and cry - sounds pathetic when you consider I'm 30 years old and should be able to cope with this.

We're flying later tonight, and already I have a sick feeling inside thinking about it. :(

I've considered taking a course, but because it's more about fear of death, I'm not sure it will help.

Does anyone have any experience of conquering phobias such as these?

Kitty xxx
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Hi Kitty
I can completley relate to your post . I am exactly the same . I had a phobia about dying for a few years and in the end I went for counselling . I wouldnt say Im completely cured but I am a lot better and last year I flew twice after years of having holidays in France. My doctor prescribed me with some very mild tablets to keep me calm as I am still terrified about flying. I just took 2 before I flew and it just took the edge off my fear so I wasnt cryng and hyper ventilating.I also used to knock back a couple of stiff drinks too but now Im on LL I dont know what to do. I will still take the tablets but cannot imagine getting on the plane without having a drink as well. We are flying to Brussels 2 weeks today and I cant stop thinking about it. I have heard the courses are very effective however. Manchester airport do a very good one . I might have to do one eventually as I cant keep worrying about what is supposed to be a lovely weekend away !!!:(


has lying hips
Kitty... i reckon I have the worst fear of flying known to man.

I developed it, inconveniently, whilst I was living in Japan. I was unable to fly home and came home, from Japan, overland. It took me 3 weeks!

Since then I've had 3 hypnotherapists. 2 courses of CBT. I did the BA fear of flying programme. I went through a phase of "practising" with short internal flights. I also lost a job due to this as my speciality is languages and I was working as a TV producer on my return and was unable to fly overseas to film. :(

The only thing that has helped me is a prescription from the doctor for valium and betablockers. She also recommended a couple of G&Ts after the pills (just a couple though.. don't want to kill yourself!) Now I can at least get on the plane - although I do still lose it occasionally. However, it doesn't help me too much with the pre-flight nerves which get very bad indeed.

However, in the past, at my worst, I have been physically restrained after thrashing about wanting to get out of my seat on take-off and screaming "we're all going to die"... :D

It's been 6 years now and I think I'm a little better.

Go, see your doctor. I'd rather not have to resort to drugs.. but frankly it's not like I fly every day.


Cambridge Diet Counsellor
Hi Kitty

Will send you a PM....


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Thank you for the replies and the PM's (((hugs)))
I'm definitely going to look into finding a way to crack this.
I'm terrified, my BF has gone for his driving lesson, when he gets back we have to leave for the airport and are flying at 9:15.
It's literally just an hour in the air but I won't be able to relax again now until we are though the arrivals gate in Newcastle.

I've already got some valium, I got some the last time I flew as it was the first time I've flown since starting the diet.
The thing thats panicing me more today is the weather - it's blustery and rainy here this evening.

Think about me between 9:15 and 10:15 - I need some positive vibes :)


has lying hips
Thinking about you tonight.... Kitty the betablockers in conjunction with the valium does help too.. you take them in advance and they take the edge off the pre-flight anxiety.

When you're no longer ss-ing I can also highly recommend Bach's Rescue Remedy which comes in liquid and spray form. They really work for me and lots of other people I know.


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I have a chronic fear of spiders... i have tried it all and about 50% conquered at the moment thanks to the London Zoo and hypnotherapy...

Maybe for the future you could look into it

its no fun being fun at all