Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus to play in at least some of the basketball games for his team, the Houston Rockets.
But psychologists who treat fear of flying and travelers who've overcome it hope he'll ditch the bus and get help instead.
''The treatments we have for this are so effective for fear of flying that upwards of 80 percent and sometimes even more people who get the treatment can fly,'' said psychologist Todd Farchione, of Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, echoing statistics offered by other experts.
Farchione says fear of flying treatment consists of a ''fairly standard'' combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy. That includes identifying the patient's ''fear-provoking thoughts'' and challenging them, then getting the patient to ''gradually confront'' the fear, by imagining flying and then doing it. Some programs use flight simulators or virtual reality...