(Closed) Airplane Anxiety

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup, I do. I take xanax (alprazolam) every time I fly. I will have a panic attack without it. I went to my doctor before our honeymoon and she prescribed me a few just in case. I actually didnt need it for the flight down because I was SO excited, but it always helps me.

Post # 4
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yes. I’m like you. I used to have no problems flying and now it gives me anxiety. Whenever I’m going on a trip, I call my doctor and he prescribes a few ativans.

Post # 5
375 posts
Helper bee

Probably depends on the doctor–mine would require a couple of referral appointments, bloodwork all sorts of other stuff before just handing over some anti-anxiety meds (but that’s an HMO for you, red tape everywhere!).

That said… If Benadryl makes you drowsy, pop a couple before boarding and hopefully the sleepies will get you through the flight too tired to be anxious. It’s nigh on impossible to OD on Benadryl, after all.

Other options, if they work for you, would be aromatherapy (lavender), meditation before hand and during the flight (guided via iPod, for instance), or having something to focus on besides the plane environs (like lamaze classes with their focal object and breathing, all about reducing the stress).

Post # 7
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hey This is sort of happening to me too! I travel ALOT (DH and I had a long distance relationship for a while and I live very far away from all my family) and actually the more I fly the more anxious I get. I think it has to do with the fact that I am now more aware of all the news whenever something happens to an airplane and I wasn’t aware when I was a teenager.

Anyways, What I do sometimes is take a benadryl or an advil PM and try to sleep. IF you have in-flight tv or movie then try to focus on that. or see a movie on your laptop/ipad. If you want to see a movie pick an action or comedy movie that doesn’t feel like it’s tking forever. That way you’ll be entertained and 2 hours will have passed by before you know it!



Post # 9
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Great post!

I was a frequent flyer traveling the globe but for some reason after college I suddenly had a huge fear and anxiety (distractions were of no help). I read an article that said it is estimated that after the age of 25 our mortality becomes more prevalent in our thinking and fears such as flying are exaggerated.

Benadryl is a great idea. I had a drink before my last flight and that helped immensely. 😉

@PitBulLover: @Theresa90405: @PitBulLover Are there any side effects that you have experienced/are aware of with your perscription meds?

Post # 10
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

you could try hypnotherapy – supposed to be great for dealing with phobias!  good luck, hope your travels go well

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