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Old 06-28-2015, 02:32 AM
 
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My 20 year old daughter has flown frequently in her 20 years but lately she has developed a fear of flying.Not sure why she feels this way or what to do about it. if she could get away with never flying again i would let it go but she has 2 mandatory major trips coming up that will require her to fly.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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What to do about it? Try to determine the cause. Set up counseling.
How can I overcome my fear of flying? | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
Fear of Flying - SOAR Course - Free Online Videos for Fear of Flying
Understanding the Fear of Flying | Psych Central - Part 91
Fear of Flying: Symptoms, Medical Issues, and Treatment

Sudden onset is not uncommon:
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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Xanax 30 minutes before takeoff.

I used to be a very comfortable flyer. Had no problems. Then I experienced an extremely turbulent flight that caused me to have a lot of anxiety when flying. I couldn't just stop flying because it's needed for my job. So I got a prescription for Xanax which I only used before flying. It helped A LOT! It's been a few years now, and I no longer need to take it for every flight.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I think sometimes you'll be up in the air and even after so many flights, you start to actually think about the physics of what's going on and it's very unsettling for sure.

Did something frightening happen on a recent trip that could have started this? My dad used to fly all the time, then one day he got in a small private plane that flipped over on take off and now he's super apprehensive about ever flying again. I think that's far, far, far more common on small planes though. A peer I had crashed in a private jet over Algonquin park and died a couple of years back. Commercial jets are otherwise nearly down to a science.

What are the trips for and where is she going?
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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accept and love her for who she is
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:02 PM
 
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What are the trips for and where is she going?
Shes going to Montreals McGill University studying Geology,they do several flights to various parts of the world during the school year to study rocks, the last one was to the American southwest.
A couple of incidents that rattled her on that American south west trip was one leg of a flight they had to return to the gate as they had apparently forgot to put enough fuel in the plane to make their destination, on another leg on the way home the plane ran into some severe turbulence, thus her new found reluctance to fly.
Two up coming trips next semester have her going to Spain and another to Vancouver.
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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I also developed a fear of flying. The fear is gone now. But when I did have it, Xanax also helped me. Like the other poster said take about 30 minutes before plane leaves.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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I forgot to mention that with a low dosage of xanax (and a doctor can help her figure out the right dose), she won't be "knocked out". So if there is actually an emergency of some sort, she'll still be able to react properly.

When I take xanax, it doesn't make me fall asleep, but it does make it easier for me to fall asleep. That's helpful when flying ... once we reach cruising altitude, I tend to doze off, which makes the time pass easier.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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I, too, get mildly phobic when flying and so my doctor prescribes Xanax (it's a pretty low dosage, I think).

Like others have posted above, I don't find it makes me slow or "drugged" at all; rather it just removes my anxiety. Also these days I don't get anxious before the flight because I know in advance I'm not going to have an unpleasant experience. That part has actually made it easier for me to fly without taking anything.

And also, like the post above me, although it doesn't seem to make me "actively" sleepy, it does allow me to doze if I'm already drowsy, something I almost never used to be able to do.

It can be a habit-forming drug so it's a good idea to use it only for this purpose, but boy does it work.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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2 Valiums 30 mins before and some wine on board will take care of it.
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