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Travel and Anxiety

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Know how to deal with anxiety

Feelings of anxiety, nervousness, or tension are common everyday responses to events or tasks that make you feel alert and energetic. However, experiencing extreme anxiety can disrupt your travel plans. In addition to managing travel stress, recognizing the warning signs of extreme anxiety and how to get help abroad are key to a safe trip.

Factors affecting mental health during travel

Even if you don't have a prior history of mental illness, travel stress, mood changes, anxiety and other mental health concerns can unexpectedly affect you and potentially disrupt your trip.

Studies show that psychiatric emergencies are the leading cause for air evacuations along with injuries and cardiovascular disease.

Your mental and physical health prior to, and during, a trip determines how well you will cope with travel stress. Consider the following:

IAMAT's travel and mental health series

The Travel and Anxiety whitepaper is part of our Travel and Mental Health Series. Inside you'll find tips for managing panic attacks, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, including how to travel with medications. Other whitepapers in the series address travel stress, travel and depression, travel and substance use, and travel and psychosis, all available from our eLibrary.


Travel Health Journal