What is Aeronausiphobia?
Aeronausiphobia is the extreme or irrational fear of vomiting due to airsickness. People who have a general fear of vomiting (emetophobia) may also feel anxious about airsickness.
Aeronausiphobia is sometimes thought of as fear of airplanes (aviatophobia or aviophobia) but Aeronausiphobia is specific to fear of nausea in flight. In extreme cases, the aeronausiphobic can suffer panic attacks before traveling by plane.
“Airsickness” need not be restricted to airplanes as it is closely related to motion sickness in any event, and in the case of this phobia, it may be associated with any form of flight such as parachuting, paragliding, gliding, etc.
Symptoms of Aeronausiphobia
Extreme Anxiety, Dread
- Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Breathing
- Heart Palpitations
- Excessive Sweating
- Dry Mouth
- Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
- Lack of Focus
- Feelings of Powerlessness
- Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
- Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
- Avoidance Behavior
Causes of Aeronausiphobia
Aeronausiphobia can also be caused by 'unresolved' emotional conflicts that are then triggered by fear of flying and motion, etc.
Aeronausiphobia is a specific (or “isolated”) phobia, centered on non-social key factors. Isolated phobias tend to have some previous trauma (often in childhood and often physically injurious) as a root cause; a fear of bees may stem from an injury in childhood, for instance.
Upbringing can also play a role, such as parental warnings about a direct threat (such as “snakes can bite and kill you”) which is especially notable in cases where a threat is more imminent. (An allergy to bees or peanut butter, for instance, would naturally reinforce a real medical concern.)
It is thought that genetics and hereditary factors may play a role in specific phobias, especially those related to a danger of injury. (A primal “fight or flight” reflex may be more easily triggered in those with a genetic predisposition, for instance.)
By contrast, social phobias (like a fear of body odor or touch) are less well understood, are driven by social anxiety and are broadly labeled as “social anxiety disorder”.
In all kinds of phobias, external experiences and / or reports can further reinforce or develop the fear, such as seeing a family member or friend who is affected. In extreme cases, indirect exposures can be as remote as overhearing a reference in conversation, seeing something in the news, on TV, or in the movies.
Aeronausiphobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.
Treatments for Aeronausiphobia
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Habit Strategies To Relax
- Cognitive Therapy (CT)
- In Vivo Exposure
- Response Prevention
- Group Therapy
- Energy Psychology