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So I doubt there's anything new going to crop up here. I've been doing long haul flights since I was 13 years old and never had an issue. However over the last four years I've started developing acute anxiety ahead of and during flights. I have the mindset though that I won't let something like that stop me from going anywhere.
It's a nice thought, shame it doesn't work out well in practise.
Just in March I flew to Australia from Ireland, which was 11 hours from heathrow to hong kong, 10 from hong kong to brisbane. On either side were two one hour flights. On the way out I got 0 hours of sleep and would go to the bathroom every hour to cry or just close my eyes for ten minutes. The flights themselves were perfect though :( Coming back, I decided to drink myself into a stupor, wound up miserable for the first leg, then hungover for the second.
April saw a 1 hour flight to manchester which had one of the roughest bad weather descents I've had. So going back home involved 3 vodkas at 7am with another 2 on the flight.
I'm actually flying ireland to Japan on the 8th of July, so I'm looking forwards to utilizing this site. I've actually already started by seeing my doctor today who has prescribed me some Xanax, which I've never had anything like, for the trip to Japan. He says when I come back, we'll talk again about possibly theraputical rather than pharmacutical ways around this.
I'm definitely looking forwards to the trip. Fingers crossed I don't cry my way to Japan. Again.