Common Diagnosis of Bridge Phobia Recognized by Mental Health Expert

Fear of crossing bridges, a condition known as Gephyrophobia, is a common diagnosis among some individuals. The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has heightened this fear for many. Six workers who were missing are presumed to be dead due to the bridge’s collapse caused by a ship crash.

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

In Jacksonville, residents expressed different feelings about 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 residents believe that the bridges in Jacksonville are well-inspected and reasonably safe for travel.

By Aiden Johnson

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