Are you affected by fear of flying?Fear of flying is a manifestation of fear and anxiety at the mention of air travel, whether in France or on the other side of the world. In its most acute form, anxiety may appear as soon as the trip is planned and flights booked. It increases as the day of departure approaches, eventually leading to insomnia. Feelings of anguish and anxiety peak on arrival at the airport, during boarding and during the flight. Once at altitude, the patient may feel great discomfort and stress, and becomes hyper-receptive to surrounding signals. Every signal is then interpreted catastrophically, whether it's unfamiliar noises or in-flight turbulence - all of which are perfectly normal. The phobia of flying is expressed in varying degrees and can cause symptoms of stress, anxiety and even panic.List of symptoms of phobia of flyingTremblingSweatingHeart palpitationsGastric problemsBlushingLoss of bearingsFeeling of disorientationIrritabilityAirplane phobia and avoidanceAnother symptom is avoidance. In its acute form, it consists of not flying at all, for fear of being confronted by these anxieties. The person concerned will carefully avoid airports, which has the detrimental effect of entrenching the anxieties thanks to the deceptive comfort of no longer feeling them. Another, more common avoidance strategy: many people who suffer from anxiety when flying resort to medication or alcohol, before or during the flight. This helps to alleviate symptoms by lowering the level of consciousness, without overcoming the fear of flying. Sometimes, symptoms are mild enough to be tolerated. Air travel can be uncomfortable and stressful, but not to the point of panic and phobia. The traveler will often immerse himself in distractions (films or books) to avoid thinking about a situation that deeply concerns him. Even if it's far less disabling, this is a case to watch out for, to prevent mild stress from degenerating into a fear of flying!