Common Diagnosis of Bridge Phobia Recognized by Mental Health Expert

Fear of bridges collapsing is a common diagnosis, but for some individuals, the fear is very real. The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has only heightened that fear for many people. Six workers who were missing are presumed to be dead as a result of the collapse.

Witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety, where one’s worst fear is confirmed before their eyes. According to mental health therapist Jay Powell, coping mechanisms such as focusing on a local point or listening to music can help manage symptoms like nausea or dizziness.

In Jacksonville, residents shared their feelings about traveling across bridges in the city. While some, like Neil Weinreb, expressed a sense of 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.

By Samantha Johnson

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