Everyone is afraid of something. However, “uncontrollable, irrational, and lasting fear” is categorized as a phobia and can often be debilitating. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, millions of Americans suffer from one or more phobias. Some of the most common? Acrophobia, a fear of heights, agoraphobia, a fear of public places, and claustrophobia, a fear of closed-in places. Since flying involves all three, it isn’t very surprising that aerophobia, an extreme fear of flying in an airplane, is also common.
Whether you suffer from an extreme case of aerophobia or simply feel amplified anxiety on a plane, psychologist Dr. Sydney B. Miller, Ph.D, C. Psych, associate professor at the Department of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and former host of the popular iHeart radio program “On-Call with Dr. Syd”, maintains there is a great way to quell your fears for good.
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