If you’re scared to drive or walk over bridges, you may have gephyrophobia — which is the fear of bridges phobia name.
I broke my fear of heights by taking baby steps.
That’s how thousands of people with gephyrophobia tackle their complex fear of crossing bridges, as well.
For the most part, when you have gephyrophobia, you must either face your fear on a daily basis or risk being confined to your own neighborhood.
Gephyrophobiacs are also thought to have a higher-than-usual risk of panic attacks — which are relatively common occurrences for those who have phobias, such as a fear of bridges or heights, or similar anxieties.
So here are some ideas to help you with the baby steps necessary to get past your fear of driving over bridges or walking across them.
Many who have gephyrophobia will go out of their way to avoid crossing a bridge. Those who do try to cross a bridge will often experience high stress levels, and may even freeze up while driving on the bridge.
That is an issue police officers who patrol the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge in Louisiana have reported. In many cases, those police officers have had to literally rescue the panic-stricken drivers and then chauffeur them across the bridge.
Some bridges in the United States are so notorious for striking fear in motorists that local governments have arranged driving assistance programs for drivers who ask to be chauffeured across the bridges.
Here are some bridge driving assistance programs in the United States:
If you live near a major bridge (or plan to travel near one soon), see if there’s a driving assistance program already in place that you could utilize.
People with gephyrophobia commonly overcome their anxiety just as I did my fear of heights – by taking baby steps.
I, who as a child was scared to sit in the upper decks of the local civic center arena to watch the circus, now enjoy riding roller coasters regularly. And I once took a trip to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City!
How did I get past the acrophobia?
If you have gephyrophobia, you may want to start by crossing short bridges or those that don’t rise very high off the water — such as causeways.
Eventually longer, taller, famous bridges can be crossed as you become less anxious about driving or walking over bridges.
Many gephyrophobiacs try to distract their minds while crossing over bridges by listening to music or playing games with themselves.
Here are a few ways to safely distract your mind while crossing over a bridge in a car or on foot:
Whatever you do, be sure that you don’t distract yourself from the duties of driving your car or walking safely across the bridge! The goal is to replace your fear with simple mental games – not completely zone out.
Those are some simple baby steps that you can take to get over a fear of driving over bridges or walking on them.
If you need more help getting over your fear of bridges, you might want to seek the assistance of your doctor — who can recommend a specialist in your area that is trained in helping people learn how to overcome fear.
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