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Sep 6th 2011 5:30PM A free app I produces to alleviate fear of flying is now available at iTunes. See: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soar/id451357250?ls=1&mt=8 or search using the keyword "soar"
Nov 6th 2009 9:31AM Fear of flying programs started at Pan Am in 1975 based on breathing exercises and education on how flying works. This course was helpful only for the mildest cases. Recent research shows why. Breathing exercises are completely useless for fear of flying.
Now, thirty-four years leater, this app uses the same useless breathing exercises. Apparently the people who put it together for Branson didn't bother to check the research. See research at: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/13/25
There are effective programs available, such as the SOAR program, but this app is just old ineffective stuff in a new wr-app-er.
Nov 4th 2009 6:20AM This "app" is very old fear of flying treatment in a new wr-APP-er, the same old stuff that was used in the Pan Am course in 1975. Unfortunately, the people who put this app together didn't bother to do enough research to find out that the the basis of the "app" is breathing exercises, and though breathing exercises work on the ground, research shows they are useless for fear of flying. Here's a link to the research: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full...
There are programs that use advanced methods that do cure fear of flying. But this isn't one of them.
Jan 15th 2009 11:39AM Several things:
1. Meds. The clearer your head is when flying, the better. Otherwise, it is easy to fall into the trap of letting what you imagine might be happening (due to fear, not valid information) turn into belief that it really is happening. I think this is why meds make flying worse - not better. Though I'm sure some of your believe meds help, the research done when fearful fliers were given either meds or a placebo (they didn't know which they were getting), people taking the placebo did better!
2. Mark, what you wife is doing is dangerous. When meds are mixed with alcohol, the system that regulates breathing is inhibited. She may like passing out, but this is dangerous for two reasons: a. in a few cases, death has resulted; b. sedation through use of meds causes a huge increase in DVT (deep vein thrombosis), a potentially fatal problem due to clots developing in the leg, and then moving to the brain causing a stroke. This is due to immobility when sedated in flight. The World Health Organization warns people to never take sedatives when flying. What you wife is doing is even worse: sedatives plus alcohol. But she may prefer the physical risk to the psychological risk of a panic attack.
Fortunately, there is a better choice, as several people have said: the SOAR Program which I developed which provides full protection against high anxiety and panic. (see: www.fearofflying.com)
Oct 11th 2008 11:36AM I have tried to give a good understanding of the cause and cure of fear of flying in a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcx6ZsvKHSA&feature