I watched planes take off and land for hours... on YouTube
I honestly can’t imagine what I would’ve done had my fear arisen in a time before the Internet. YouTube was insanely useful in soothing my anxieties -- for months, I watched hours of videos of planes taking off to further visualize how my upcoming trip would play out. Of course, there are tons of horrifying videos on YouTube courtesy of jerk-offs who film horrified passengers during turbulence -- but I stayed away from those, focused on the positives, and of course, kept a tab of porn open... for um, behavioral therapy? Yeah, that works.
I spoke to a shrink
Sitting on my doctor's coffee-colored leather couch, I couldn't help but feel like I was in a Woody Allen film. As I talked about flying in depth, I narrowed my specific fear down to a lack of control over a situation and, of course, my constant overwhelming fear of death. Not everyone is going to have a doctor who listens as well as my doctor, but in the end it wasn’t so much her soothing voice that helped me, but the prescription for Klonopin she handed over -- God, what a gem.