Fear of Flying? Some Good Things to Know

Some find it helpful knowing others feel as they do, and there are fear-of-flying forums all over the Internet (although the NIMH says treat any online advice "with caution"). For those who prefer personal contact, ask your doctor for a recommendation. You can also search "fear of flying" plus "group therapy" (or classes or workshops). You may want to investigate this list of resources from the non-profit Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Here's an unusual route to recovery: North Carolina businessman Clay Presley survived the 2009 Miracle on the Hudson (a gallant US Airways pilot expertly glided his crippled plane onto the icy river) but he was left with a fear of flying. His solution was learning to fly. A bit extreme perhaps, but he is back in the air and is glad to be there. I imagine other phobic-flyers would love to soar again too.

So, don't be like the John Madden who spent his days between color commentary for NFL games criss-crossing the country in a customized coach-bus (though come to think of it, he certainly missed a lot of fees and TSA security lines). Find a way to get back up there. Get help.

Wouldn't you love the freedom of flying? I know I'd love to have a former fearful flyer as a seatmate. I'll even share my electronic device with you so you can choose another movie in case the airline is showing the movie "Flight" or "Snakes on a Plane".

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