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20 February 2012

Terrified of flying?

If you have a genuine phobia, a few sessions of cognitive-behavioural therapy could help.

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Even though it’s a well-known fact that one’s chances of being in a plane crash are a lot lower than being involved in a car accident, the recent spate of internationally publicised plane crashes has done nothing to reassure air passengers.

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If you have a genuine phobia, a few sessions of cognitive-behavioural therapy could help. This may include desensitisation or exposure therapy, in which you’re gradually exposed to what frightens you, until the fear begins to fade. Relaxation and breathing exercises, as well as certain medications, may also help to reduce anxiety symptoms.

 
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