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Flying for the First Time with Agoraphobia

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alyssa112

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Hi everyone, I’m new here but I’m looking for some extra encouragement! I am flying for the first time since i was diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia 5 years ago. I am mostly over my agoraphobia, I’ve conquered all of my biggest fears but now I’m nervous for this next step. I’m not afraid of actually flying, i just am unsure how I’ll feel stuck on a plane. I do have Ativan and i really don’t like to take it, i have anxiety taking medications. But i do at least have it if absolutely necessary. Anyway, i just would love to hear some encouraging stories or tips on how to handle anxiety in the air. I’m also nervous for how I’ll feel once i get to my destination. I’m excited but also worried I’ll panic realizing how far from home i am and how i can’t get back easily without having to go through the whole process of flying home. So any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Hiya. I don't have agoraphobia but I think you are amazing having got over the worst of that. I can see that being on a plane full of people might frighten you too. Might it be an idea to talk to the airline about your problems? I understand they have special courses and help available to people who struggle with flying in any form.

Would Mindfulness help you? If you started practising it now? I have a terror of airports, convinced I will miss my flight, I will be stranded and so forth. Its all very scary. But I got hold of an airline person who walked me through it all very calmly. If was good.
 
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Hi alyssa112 :welcome:to the forum You seemed to have most of your bases covered. May be you could contact the airline and they could give you extra help when you fly I do hope you have a pleasant journey Good Luck ZigZag:havingfun:
 
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Hiya. I don't have agoraphobia but I think you are amazing having got over the worst of that. I can see that being on a plane full of people might frighten you too. Might it be an idea to talk to the airline about your problems? I understand they have special courses and help available to people who struggle with flying in any form.

Would Mindfulness help you? If you started practising it now? I have a terror of airports, convinced I will miss my flight, I will be stranded and so forth. Its all very scary. But I got hold of an airline person who walked me through it all very calmly. If was good.
Practicing mindfulness is a great idea, i definitely will look into that! One of my biggest fears is being stuck on the tarmac for hours! 😬 Ugh i would feel so trapped
 
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Hi alyssa112 :welcome:to the forum You seemed to have most of your bases covered. May be you could contact the airline and they could give you extra help when you fly I do hope you have a pleasant journey Good Luck ZigZag:havingfun:
Thank you so much! I definitely plan on telling a flight attendant that I have anxiety so maybe they can offer me extra help if i start to panic. Thank you for the luck!
 
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Hi everyone, I’m new here but I’m looking for some extra encouragement! I am flying for the first time since i was diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia 5 years ago. I am mostly over my agoraphobia, I’ve conquered all of my biggest fears but now I’m nervous for this next step. I’m not afraid of actually flying, i just am unsure how I’ll feel stuck on a plane. I do have Ativan and i really don’t like to take it, i have anxiety taking medications. But i do at least have it if absolutely necessary. Anyway, i just would love to hear some encouraging stories or tips on how to handle anxiety in the air. I’m also nervous for how I’ll feel once i get to my destination. I’m excited but also worried I’ll panic realizing how far from home i am and how i can’t get back easily without having to go through the whole process of flying home. So any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Hi there.. I have flown once at a point in my life where i was overcoming my agoraphobia and doing better. It was scary but i did it and felt great after..i didnt use meds...i was looking forward to getting back home so that got me through and i got a single seat away from others so i could have space..my flight was only an hour so that helped too. I pretended like i was on a bus instead of a plane...i did crossword puzzles and drank water. Before getting on the plane i was so petrified and having tummy troubles/bathroom runs..i felt sick from anxiety and going through security heightened it all....once i was seated on the plane i was more relaxed...i think if u have Ativan it will help....oh..i did have a drink in flight which helped me relax a bit too....once u do it you will feel so proud of yourself and its another accomplishment in beating agoraphobia/anxiety....wish you good luck..you got this! :)
 
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