One day I went to get on my next flight & completely froze. It's frustrating to have such an irrational fear. I've done just about everything to get over it but nothing short of zoning out completely on Xanax works.
I wasn't that abrupt. I gradually began to feel anxiety after years of nothing.
But, I've only felt it during takeoffs and landings.
So, my theory is that, as I've grown older, my body processes gas more slowly and the gas hangs around in my bowels longer than it used to. Combine that with the effects of altitude changes during takeoff and landing, and kaflooey, you have adult onset fear of flying.
Yes, because I'm a genius.