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How would crew deal with Panic Attacks in the air?
Flying - Medical
Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:06

Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks
 
Hi Capt Lim

I have extreme panic disorder including a variety of anxiety disorders to varying degrees. I haven't flown for many years and am afraid of how I might behave if I have a panic attack on a plane. A paper bag just wouldn't cut it for me. I would need tranquilisers and I cannot predict how I would act but I fear that I might freak out big time.

My question is, what do the air crew do in the case of a person who freaks out and are there any drugs on board that they would administer to subdue the person?

If I were restrained this would cause me more panic as I'm extremely claustrophobic and agoraphobic. My underlying fear of flying is based on the notion of being trapped for a period of time beyond my control and not being able to escape.

Emma.

Hi Emma,

I have been asked similar question before. See here and here.

What you can do before flight to reduce your chances of getting panic attacks is to consult your doctor and I believe Xanax does work. On your part, learn to reduce your anxiety before you fly. Try to understand what is going on around you and dispel all the myths about flying.

Additionally, learn to control your breathing in flight. The problem is of course that when these worries start you will forget to control your breathing. See some of the comments in the previous questions and the videos for further assistance.

Remember, the air crew on board the flight are trained to deal with panic attacks and will not let anything bad happen to you. You will also know that you will come to no harm if one happens. Some specific drugs are available on board the plane but they would only be prescribed by certified doctor on board the plane.

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