Aaviophobia

Below you will find more information about Aaviophobia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Aaviophobia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Aaviophobia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Aaviophobia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Aaviophobia is a fear of being on a plane while in flight. Other names include aviatophobia, aerophobia, and pteromerhanophobia. The condition is considered more of a symptom rather than a disease. When fear of flying reaches a level that can significantly interfere with a person's ability to travel by plane, it will then be classified as fear of flying.

Treatment

Learning to fly or sky dive can help an aviophobic to overcome his fear for flying. Certain therapies are proven effective as well such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Systematic desensitization. Medications including psychoactive medicines such as relaxant and depressants for individuals experiencing anxiety can be prescribed though not always recommended.

Symptoms and Signs

A person who is observed to be presenting symptoms of great distress when obligated to travel by air is a clear manifestation of aviophobia. Panic attacks and vomiting may be presented upon seeing an aircraft or mentioning air travel.

Causes

The root cause of developing aviophobia vary from one individual to another and may also be a result of other fears or phobias like fear of hijacking or terrorism, fear of turbulence, fear of crashing that may cause death or injury, fear of heights, and fear of closed spaces such as an aircraft cabin. A previous traumatizing experience when flying can also cause aviophobia.

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