mega plane phobia, think i need a plane buddy

mega plane phobia, think i need a plane buddy

42 posts
11 Jan 2013
So im due my first big trip this year the the US, ive only ever been on a plane between here and Dublin. I tend to have a form of panic attack on take off and its happened everytime, im no sooner up in the air before we're getting ready to come back down again as the trip is so short to Dublin but i imagine once im up im fairly ok. although i hate what happens to me on take off and i dont especially like the idea of being in the air for 9 hours it hasnt put me off going where i want to go but i am soooooooooo petrified, worst thing is im not due to fly with anyone on this trip and im not sure if its wise i go on my own, does anyone here with plane phobia still take long flights and on their own? im trying to find someone to take the pane trip with but so far having no luck, for some reason in my head if someone was coming with me that would make me a little more at ease, the thought of going it alone terrifies me so i dont know what to do, do i just suck it up and get on with it, in that case would i be any worse on the plane and for the duration of the flight or am i best doin everything i can to find someone to go with, even though im running out of people to ask

:S

Posted 11 Jan 2013
richie4tfp
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richie4tfp
Have you thought of asking your doctor for some diazepam to make you relaxed over the flight? I wouldn't mind going but I'm skint!!
Posted 11 Jan 2013
Yeah, I was gonna say ask your doctor for some valium. But I was also going to add on that you should send that valium over to me.

lol, jk.

Beta blockers are a decent, short term way of helping minimise the physical effects of a panic attack.

x

Posted 11 Jan 2013
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Hi Jenelle,

Firstly good for you in having the courage to go ahead and arrange the trip. I'm not over keen on flying but treat it simply as a means of getting somewhere I otherwise wouldn't be able to.
I've flown to Los Angeles 25 times in the last 22 years and still don't enjoy it any more than I first did.

I would suggest you tell the airline staff at check-in and again when you get on the plane, I'm sure they will do something so that someone can be with or at least near you.

You could also consider one of the half day "Nervous flyers" (or whatever they call them) sessions, run by one or two airlines (not sure on this as I've never researched).

When the time comes, you could even mention to the person next to you, I've held a few people's hands in my time for the reasons you give.

Above all, do it and enjoy the resultant trip to the US

Dave

Posted 11 Jan 2013
cgwebster
Photographer
cgwebster
You may want to consider something like this:

http://www.flyingwithoutfear.co.uk/


Posted 11 Jan 2013
Edited by cgwebster 11 Jan 2013
yeah if only i had a spare £255 floating about lol was looking good til i saw that, dam it!


cgwebster

You may want to consider something like this: http://www.flyingwithoutfear.co.uk/


Posted 11 Jan 2013
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
As someone said earlier explain this to your GP and he should prescribe you a mild diazapan, the doctor will be quite use to this request and as long as you have no other medication.

Posted 11 Jan 2013
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
I work with in mental health so I have a fair idea what I'm talking about, phobia's are underestimated and not appreciated how much they control people's lives

Posted 11 Jan 2013
yeah phobias suck big time, pain in the backside, what does diazapam do exactly, i have heard of it, i dont tend to feel ill on planes i think im ok with that side, first thing i notice before take off(probably because im worryin so much) is my hands and fingers go tingly then on take off it feels like someone is pushin my head to the floor, i gather the speed and the angle of going up is making my head feel a ton weight, so because of these things combined together along with a rapid heartbeat i overall go into a tizz

Posted 11 Jan 2013
andy_h
Photographer
andy_h
I once had a feeling about a flight I was due to take, completely out of the blue I felt as if I couldnt get on the plane because something was about to happen. It did, but not to me (BA Flight 38 happened the same day I was flying)

I had zopiclone, which worked quite nicely.

Posted 11 Jan 2013
HowardJ
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HowardJ
eosfan
I would suggest you tell the airline staff at check-in and again when you get on the plane, I'm sure they will do something so that someone can be with or at least near you. You could also consider one of the half day "Nervous flyers" (or whatever they call them) sessions, run by one or two airlines (not sure on this as I've never researched). When the time comes, you could even mention to the person next to you, I've held a few people's hands in my time for the reasons you give. Above all, do it and enjoy the resultant trip to the US Dave
+1
Posted 11 Jan 2013
Edited by HowardJ 11 Jan 2013
thanks for that, it did take me years to get that sort of thought out my head and to inbed the fact that flying is still the safest way to travel, when im about to take my first big trip more than likely on my own and im already papping it, a click to look a picture of that flight u mentioned is a sight im probably not going to forget about cheeky


andy_h

I once had a feeling about a flight I was due to take, completely out of the blue I felt as if I couldnt get on the plane because something was about to happen. It did, but not to me (BA Flight 38 happened the same day I was flying)

Posted 11 Jan 2013
richie4tfp
Photographer
richie4tfp
Diazepam is a sedative. I've been prescribed it when going in to hospital to have procedures done to calm me down as I have a phobia of needles.

Posted 11 Jan 2013
tonycsm
Photographer
tonycsm
I used be absolutely terrified at the thought of flying and it was only around 17 years ago that I was finally persuaded ( or should we say almost forcibly coerced) to get on board a plane. I really don't think you could be any more fearful of flying than I was!

Even for the first 3 or 4 years after that I was always terribly uneasy about it and often felt sick at the thought until one day while I was actually flying on my own after having just taken off that I thought to myself, if this thing crashes, I can't do anything about it so why worry and from then on, it never bothered me... In fact I now love getting on planes and can't wait for it to get going. I can understand your fears of flying for 9 hours, as one of my earliest trips was to Barbados which is slightly further so appreciate what you're going through.

If I was in your position, I would try and face it on your own as I know from my experiences that when I was travelling with others, I still never felt relaxed and I think if anything, it actually stopped me from getting over it sooner - once you travel on your own and come to terms with it, which you will, then I promise you, you'll never look back.

Forget about taking drugs, that's not the answer - just think of it as a positive experience and remember, those people who fly the plane or serve you food and drink wouldn't be doing it if there was such a big risk! Take a book or watch a movie in between sleeping or eating and you'll be there before you know it.smiley

Good luck!
Posted 11 Jan 2013
cgwebster
Photographer
cgwebster
Jenelle_James
yeah if only i had a spare £255 floating about lol was looking good til i saw that, dam it!
Ah, it's gone up in price a bit
Posted 11 Jan 2013
Edited by cgwebster 11 Jan 2013
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