I have never had problems with flight anxiety before, but a year ago, I have been having panic attacks in theatres, lecture auditoriums, classrooms and even escalators!
Since this has started, I have flown once, to Vienna. It was a short flight (2h tops), and I did feel slight symptoms, feeling tense and nauseous. But I think knowing that it would be over soon helped calm me down.
I have been regularly flying on planes all my life. I've never experienced any form of fear, except perhaps feeling a little jittery on clumsy takeoffs and landings. I'm not worried that the plane will crash.
This summer, I will be undertaking a trip from Munich to Delhi. I don't want my anixety to get in the way of my travels, but having never experienced such a long flight since the symptoms have started, I am worreid because I don't know what to expect.
I have two options for flights. One is a direct 7-8 hour flight with Lufthansa. The second one is two Qatar flights actually, 6 hours, stopover and then 4 hours.
Can anyone who suffers from anxiety on planes please give me some advice? What kind of flights do you tend to prefer? Nonstop long flights (which means only one takeoff and one landing, but more time to suffer) or shorter flights (here I'm worreid that if the first flight is torture, it will end sooner, but on the other hand, I might be worse off for the second flight).?
Thank you! I would greatly appreciate the help!
What are your thoughts on Qatar vs. Lufthansa? Comfort has never been an issue before, but I think it is something I may have to start considering. I worry that an uncomfortable, small seat will be nothing but detrimental to my anxiousness.Edited: 12:53 pm, May 23, 2013