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Ok, I posted this on another site quite awhile ago and got a couple responses, but I'm still weird about the whole thing so maybe you guys could help me?

I'm finally holding down a job and will have a week vacation next year. I want to take my vacation in the summer and actually go somewhere for once! I've always wanted to go to California, but I'm in Illinois and that's a long flight. I don't think I could handle any flight.

What do they do with people that freak out on planes, I'm sure people have done that before. Is there someone who could inject me with something and put me to sleep for the rest of the way? Like a nurse on the plane or something. Or would I just sit there or pace around for however many hours screaming and hyperventilating and what not.

Would they strap me down and land at the nearest airport to let me out? I have xanax but it doesn't always work. And I'm afraid I'd end up downing the whole bottle in a frantic rage.
I'm also terrified of long drives... long to me is like 40 mins. I had a panic attack going to Chicago once and it's not even an hour away.... although I didn't have xanax then. So I guess I should just forget about California. I don't want to subject innocent flight passengers to my madness, not to mention my boyfriend.

Over the years my panic attacks have gotten worse... it used to be that everything pretty much stayed in my head. But now I get physical symptoms... my muscles tighten up, it's hard to move my hands, I get tingly all over and it spreads to my face and it's hard to even talk cuz my muscles just tighten and don't want to move, it's hard to breathe. I called an ambulance once cuz of that. I just got dropped off at home, I barely made it through the drive without screaming. I could hardly get my key in the door and I could barely dial 911 on the phone. As soon as I called and sat down and waited though it went away, I called to say I was fine and not to come but they said the ambulance was already dispatched and once someone calls they have to come check it out. So I went out to talk to the people when they pulled in front of my house... I was pretty embarrassed. I told them what happened and the one guy said that muscle thing happens when you hyperventilate.... which I thought was weird cuz I thought when you hyperventilate you're like frantically gasping for air and I wasn't. But anyways... that's what I'm afraid will happen on the plane that and screaming cuz I have done that before during panic attacks. I've heard of the face it head on approach, but I just don't know... I feel like I face the problem head on everyday... the problem is the DP, that's what causes my panic attacks and I feel the DP constantly, now that I'm on meds I usually only have the attacks when I'm traveling.... I think it's the not being able to get out that puts me over the edge. I dont know. Thanks for your advice.
 

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Ok, I posted this on another site quite awhile ago and got a couple responses, but I'm still weird about the whole thing so maybe you guys could help me?

I'm finally holding down a job and will have a week vacation next year. I want to take my vacation in the summer and actually go somewhere for once! I've always wanted to go to California, but I'm in Illinois and that's a long flight. I don't think I could handle any flight.

What do they do with people that freak out on planes, I'm sure people have done that before. Is there someone who could inject me with something and put me to sleep for the rest of the way? Like a nurse on the plane or something. Or would I just sit there or pace around for however many hours screaming and hyperventilating and what not.

Would they strap me down and land at the nearest airport to let me out? I have xanax but it doesn't always work. And I'm afraid I'd end up downing the whole bottle in a frantic rage.
I'm also terrified of long drives... long to me is like 40 mins. I had a panic attack going to Chicago once and it's not even an hour away.... although I didn't have xanax then. So I guess I should just forget about California. I don't want to subject innocent flight passengers to my madness, not to mention my boyfriend.

Over the years my panic attacks have gotten worse... it used to be that everything pretty much stayed in my head. But now I get physical symptoms... my muscles tighten up, it's hard to move my hands, I get tingly all over and it spreads to my face and it's hard to even talk cuz my muscles just tighten and don't want to move, it's hard to breathe. I called an ambulance once cuz of that. I just got dropped off at home, I barely made it through the drive without screaming. I could hardly get my key in the door and I could barely dial 911 on the phone. As soon as I called and sat down and waited though it went away, I called to say I was fine and not to come but they said the ambulance was already dispatched and once someone calls they have to come check it out. So I went out to talk to the people when they pulled in front of my house... I was pretty embarrassed. I told them what happened and the one guy said that muscle thing happens when you hyperventilate.... which I thought was weird cuz I thought when you hyperventilate you're like frantically gasping for air and I wasn't. But anyways... that's what I'm afraid will happen on the plane that and screaming cuz I have done that before during panic attacks. I've heard of the face it head on approach, but I just don't know... I feel like I face the problem head on everyday... the problem is the DP, that's what causes my panic attacks and I feel the DP constantly, now that I'm on meds I usually only have the attacks when I'm traveling.... I think it's the not being able to get out that puts me over the edge. I dont know. Thanks for your advice.
 
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I think if you think you're going to freak out on the plane, you will.

First before you Vay-k, conquer panic attacks. There are books, self help tapes, websites, etc. Tons of places/things that can help you do so. And then begin to practice what works for you. Think of the plane ride as a way to use what you know and stop yourself from panicking. Panic attacks are NOT out of anyones control. If you push your own panic button you are bound to panic. Added fear onto panic sensations just push you further and further into a panic state and an attack. I conquered panic attacks, anybody can.
 
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I think if you think you're going to freak out on the plane, you will.

First before you Vay-k, conquer panic attacks. There are books, self help tapes, websites, etc. Tons of places/things that can help you do so. And then begin to practice what works for you. Think of the plane ride as a way to use what you know and stop yourself from panicking. Panic attacks are NOT out of anyones control. If you push your own panic button you are bound to panic. Added fear onto panic sensations just push you further and further into a panic state and an attack. I conquered panic attacks, anybody can.
 
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Trains can be pleasant,at least you can get off at the next stop.

Is there some where close by you could fly to for a holiday,say about an hours flight away?

I'm phobic of flying(several of us here are).I don't expect that I won't have anxiety,fear,dp or panic.I accept that I most likely will because I usually do but for a short flight I can just about handle it.
I have never screamed but I have grabbed onto a stangers arm more than once.It's surprising how nice some people can be.
I use a lot of self talk and distraction.
I have some fear of flying tapes(very old now).
The tapes mention things to know about planes, like what certain noises mean etc.I don't worry about any of that stuff any more.

When I'm anxious,I tell myself the plane is doing exactly what planes are supposed to do,turbulence etc is all a normal part of flying.

When I feel scared and have those nasty physical sensations,I tell myself over and over that it's all a normal part of anxiety no matter how scary and weird it feels.
I'm not alone, thousands of other people go through the horrors of flying.
It's all about how I perceive it.
Flying in itself is really rather boring.
It's the messages I tell myself,the movie I create in my mind that makes it so scary.

Distraction helps,reading,watching the movie,eating,talking(if you can).
Breathing exercises help as well.

I used to think I'd cope better if they gave me a job to do,like serving the food.
Problem is,with first sign of any turbulence,I'd have to grab the nearest seat........ occupied or not :oops:

Happy holiday,
Check out Monika's Melbourne thread,it's rather inspiring.

If it's important to you and why the heck shouldn't it be.
We will be glad to support you take that long desired holiday.

Cheers Shelly
 
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Trains can be pleasant,at least you can get off at the next stop.

Is there some where close by you could fly to for a holiday,say about an hours flight away?

I'm phobic of flying(several of us here are).I don't expect that I won't have anxiety,fear,dp or panic.I accept that I most likely will because I usually do but for a short flight I can just about handle it.
I have never screamed but I have grabbed onto a stangers arm more than once.It's surprising how nice some people can be.
I use a lot of self talk and distraction.
I have some fear of flying tapes(very old now).
The tapes mention things to know about planes, like what certain noises mean etc.I don't worry about any of that stuff any more.

When I'm anxious,I tell myself the plane is doing exactly what planes are supposed to do,turbulence etc is all a normal part of flying.

When I feel scared and have those nasty physical sensations,I tell myself over and over that it's all a normal part of anxiety no matter how scary and weird it feels.
I'm not alone, thousands of other people go through the horrors of flying.
It's all about how I perceive it.
Flying in itself is really rather boring.
It's the messages I tell myself,the movie I create in my mind that makes it so scary.

Distraction helps,reading,watching the movie,eating,talking(if you can).
Breathing exercises help as well.

I used to think I'd cope better if they gave me a job to do,like serving the food.
Problem is,with first sign of any turbulence,I'd have to grab the nearest seat........ occupied or not :oops:

Happy holiday,
Check out Monika's Melbourne thread,it's rather inspiring.

If it's important to you and why the heck shouldn't it be.
We will be glad to support you take that long desired holiday.

Cheers Shelly
 
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Hi,
If people freak out on the plane I dont think they can provide a nurse to look after you and they wont be making emergency landings either. I think the best they can do is to give you some relaxing meds and ask you how you are doing occassionally. The flight attendants are trained in dealing with people who are scared to fly so they will probably be able to talk you down.
 
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If people freak out on the plane I dont think they can provide a nurse to look after you and they wont be making emergency landings either. I think the best they can do is to give you some relaxing meds and ask you how you are doing occassionally. The flight attendants are trained in dealing with people who are scared to fly so they will probably be able to talk you down.
 

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is there nowhere nice to go closer to home. maybe next year panic attacks will be under control
 

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is there nowhere nice to go closer to home. maybe next year panic attacks will be under control
 

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If I ever do conquer panic attacks it won't be by next year. I've tried distraction... reading books, listening to music, reading signs as they go by, visualizing happy places, visualizing slicing my wrists, slicing my wrists... nothing seems to work. I tried that grounding thing where you look at something and touch it and say what it is. I tried the thing where you tighten each muscle and then untighten it, I tried breathing techniques. I've been trying to distract myself since I was little.

I don't know, maybe if I get really drunk I'll have fun the whole way there and then pass out and then freak out when we're safe and on ground.
 

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If I ever do conquer panic attacks it won't be by next year. I've tried distraction... reading books, listening to music, reading signs as they go by, visualizing happy places, visualizing slicing my wrists, slicing my wrists... nothing seems to work. I tried that grounding thing where you look at something and touch it and say what it is. I tried the thing where you tighten each muscle and then untighten it, I tried breathing techniques. I've been trying to distract myself since I was little.

I don't know, maybe if I get really drunk I'll have fun the whole way there and then pass out and then freak out when we're safe and on ground.
 
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