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Unpacking the Fears: Coping with Gephyrophobia in the Wake of Bridge Collapses

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Common Diagnosis of Bridge Phobia Recognized by Mental Health Expert

In the wake of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, many individuals are grappling with their fear of crossing bridges. Gephyrophobia, a diagnosis for those who are afraid of bridges, has become more prevalent as a result of this tragic event. Six workers who were missing after the collapse are presumed to be dead, adding to the sense of danger and uncertainty surrounding these structures.

As a mental health therapist, Jay Powell has seen firsthand how fear of bridges collapsing can affect individuals. He explains that witnessing such an event can trigger confirmation anxiety, where one’s worst fear is confirmed before their eyes. To help manage symptoms like nausea or dizziness, Powell suggests coping mechanisms such as focusing on a local point or listening to music.

In Jacksonville, residents have expressed varying levels of anxiety about traveling across bridges in the city. Neil Weinreb shares his sense of unease when crossing high bridges like the Dames Point Bridge, while Bernard Tebo raises 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 Nguyen

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