From Gephyrophobia to Coping with Bridge-Related Anxiety: Real Stories and Tips from Mental Health Experts

Expert in mental health identifies common diagnosis of bridge phobia

Bridge collapses are a rare occurrence, but the fear of experiencing one is very real for some people. This fear has led to a diagnosis called Gephyrophobia, which refers to individuals who are afraid of crossing bridges. The recent shipwreck that caused the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore to collapse has made this diagnosis more common.

Mental health therapist Jay Powell notes that witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety, where a person’s worst fear is confirmed right before their eyes. Powell emphasizes that this diagnosis is common and can be challenging to cope with for those affected.

In Jacksonville, residents have expressed their feelings about traveling across bridges in the city. While some, like Neil Weinreb, don’t experience any anxiety when crossing most bridges, others like Bernard Tebo express concerns about maritime traffic possibly causing accidents.

To cope with bridge-related anxiety, Powell suggests focusing on a local point or listening to music to distract from feelings of nausea or dizziness. By adopting these coping strategies, individuals can navigate their fear of crossing bridges more effectively.

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