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Re: Desensitization Therapy for flying? IsoM

Posted by Fi on June 5, 2002, at 7:45:07

In reply to Re: Desensitization Therapy for flying? BeARdEdLaDY, posted by IsoM on May 19, 2002, at 13:24:18

I've heard about one day courses (run by British Airways, so I realise these actual ones arent convenient for you). The couple of times there have been TV programmes about them, the course seemed to help many of the participants. A small minority were just too terrified, even after the talk and preparation, to get into the plane. Doesnt look like you would be in that category, tho, as you *can* get on a plane (drink and squeezing aside!)

Having had a quick look on PubMed, there are some good results reported more scientifically eg:

'Twenty-eight patients with flying phobia, fulfilling the DSM-IV criteria for specific phobia, were assessed with behavioral, and self-report measures. They were randomly assigned to two treatment conditions: (1) 1-session, or (2) 5-sessions of exposure and cognitive restructuring. The first condition consisted of a single 3 hr session of massed treatment, and the second condition of 6 hr of gradual treatment. Treatment was done individually by very experienced therapists. The results showed that the two treatment conditions did equally well and there were no differences between them. At post-treatment 93% of the 1-session group and 79% of the 5-session group managed to take an unaccompanied return fight.'

If you want a look at more references, go to PubMed at and type in the search box
desensitization AND flying

Good luck with the trip, whatever you decide.





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