Common Diagnosis of Bridge Phobia Recognized by Mental Health Expert

Overcoming Bridge Phobia: Coping Strategies and Insights from Jacksonville Residents

Fear of crossing bridges is a common phobia, and the recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has only intensified this fear for many people. According to mental health therapist Jay Powell, witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety, where one’s worst fear is confirmed before their eyes. To cope with these symptoms, Powell suggests focusing on a local point or listening to music.

In Jacksonville, residents shared their thoughts on traveling across bridges in the city. While some like Neil Weinreb expressed anxiety going over high bridges like the Dames Point Bridge, others like Bernard Tebo raised concerns about maritime traffic potentially hitting bridges. Despite these fears, most believe that the bridges in Jacksonville are well-inspected and reasonably safe for travel.

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