For people scared of flying, the news that 2016 was the second safest year in the aviation history might have brought some sense of relief. In fact, the 2016 Safety Report issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has highlighted a 54 percent improvement in the overall safety performance in the aviation industry over the last 10 years.
It further said that an accident rate of 1.61 accidents per million sectors was recorded in 2016, compared to 3.53 in 2007. Compared to 2015, the accident rate was also 10 percent lower in 2016. Safety is the main concern among people travelling by air. Though no other form of transportation is as well-monitored as planes, many people still have their own set of fears and inhibitions.
Despite the fact that the risk of accident exists in any kind and mode of transport, such people are bound to experience nervousness while flying by air. Interestingly, even the latest data suggest that the risk of death is more on road than on any other form of transportation.
According to the Department of Transportation of the United States, motor vehicles account for one out of 7,700 accidents, compared to one out of 2,067,000, in case of air carriers.
Despite the above eye-opening statistics, a considerable number of people are anxious about getting on a plane. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 6.5 percent of the American population suffer from a specific phobia (a subset of anxiety disorders), including fear of flying.
A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of any place, object, situation, etc. that can turn quite problematic in the long run. Though people with flight phobia may agree that flying is safe, they are not able to reconcile their fear with safety statistics.
The psychological and physiological consequences of such phobias can considerably affect a person’s life by leading to impaired memory, narrowed perceptions, poor judgement-making capacity, negative outlook, persistent thoughts, muscle tremors, heavy breathing, heart palpitations, etc.
If you or your loved one is struggling with any anxiety disorder, it is imperative to seek professional help. The Anxiety Treatment Advisors of Colorado offers a variety of evidence-based treatment plans. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-891-2539 to connect with the best anxiety disorders treatment centers in Colorado. You can also chat online with our medical representatives for accessing information pertaining to anxiety disorders treatment in Colorado.