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We asked clinical psychologist Catherine Gallagher on the best way to overcome a fear of flying.
What is a fear of flying? Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is a relatively common phobia that can cause significant anxiety and distress.
How many people suffer from it? It's estimated that between 2.5% and 6.5% of the population suffer from it.
What causes it? A lot of different factors can contribute to the development of aerophobia, including a fear of heights, a fear of enclosed spaces, or a previous bad experience while flying.
How can you overcome it? Treatment for aerophobia typically involves Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure therapy, which gradually helps the person become more comfortable with flying. We asked Clinical psychologist Catherine Gallagher for her professional opinion.