Common Diagnosis of Bridge Phobia Recognized by Mental Health Expert

For many individuals, the fear of bridges collapsing is a very real and debilitating condition known as Gephyrophobia. The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, caused by a ship crash, has only served to heighten this fear for some. Unfortunately, six workers who were missing are presumed to be dead as a result of the collapse.

Mental health therapist Jay Powell explains that fear of bridges collapsing is a common diagnosis and that witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety where one’s worst fear is confirmed before their eyes. Powell suggests coping mechanisms such as focusing on a local point or listening to music to help manage symptoms like nausea or dizziness.

In Jacksonville, residents shared their feelings about traveling across bridges in the city. While some expressed anxiety going over high bridges like the Dames Point Bridge, others 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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