Survivors of Baltimore Bridge Collapse Battle with Gephyrophobia: Mental Health Strategies to Overcome Fear of Crossing Bridges.

Expert in mental health identifies common diagnosis of bridge phobia

In Baltimore, a ship crashing into the Francis Scott Key Bridge caused it to collapse, leaving six workers missing and presumed dead. This event has led to an increase in diagnoses of gephyrophobia, a condition where individuals are afraid of crossing bridges.

Mental health therapist Jay Powell noted that witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety for those with this diagnosis. Powell emphasized that coping with this condition can be challenging for those affected.

In Jacksonville, residents expressed their feelings about traveling across bridges in the city. Neil Weinreb said he doesn’t experience anxiety when crossing most bridges, while Bernard Tebo expressed concerns about maritime traffic causing accidents.

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

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