9 Phobias That Are Surprisingly Common—U.S. News and Worl Report —Slideshow about phobias


Martin N Seif — msn— Dr. Martin Seif speaks about bridge phobias

Bridge Phobias MSN

Martin N Seif — January 08, 1999 — Interview with Dr. Martin Seif about fears of flying


Martin N Seif — January 13, 2009 — Dr. Martin Seif speaks about bridge phobias

Bridge Phobia

New York Times - July 24, 2007 - Freedom To Fly Program

Fear of Flying




Radio Interview on Sirius XM110-Doctor Radio
Fearful Fliers, Fear of Flying, and how to overcome your fear of flying. Listen Now >>


Radio Interview on a Dublin Radio Station
Intrusive Obsessive Thoughts Listen Now >>

News Briefs on CBS-880 Radio
In these short interviews, Dr. Marty Seif provides suggestions for making flying more comfortable. Listen Now >>

CBS News

Interview on Radio Times, WHYY Radio, on "Why We Fear Flying Listen Now >>

Why Radio


Why Air Travel Is Actually Much Safer Than You Think

Wall Street Journal

by Liz Weiss
US News & World report
Published: Aug. 25, 2016

Flying is one of the safest forms of transportation – believe it or not.
In spite of a series of high-profile incidents making headlines since 2014 – from the AirAsia Flight 8501 tragedy to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – air travel safety is improving. According to the International Air Transport Association, in 2015 only 1 in 3.1 million global flights resulted in an airline accident, a 30 percent decrease from flights assessed from 2010-14... Read More>>

Breaking the Rules with Our OCD Clients

Wall Street Journal

Psychotherapy Network
July/August 2016
By Martin Seif and Sally Winston

Marcia had suffered from OCD since the age of 11, when she’d woken up one night, panicked that she might accidentally hurt someone. She screamed for her mother, who rushed into her room, stroked her hair, and told her to “think happy thoughts,” while reassuring her that she was a kind, gentle girl, who’d never harm anyone. But Marcia’s fears continued to spin round and round in her head.. Read More>>

Passengers behaving badly: The real reason we freak out on planes.

Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post
Published May 2016
By Caitlin Gibson

lanes: They’re where we get drunk. Where we brawl. Where we disable the restroom smoke detectors and light cigarettes. Where we glare at crying children. Where we jam our knees into the backs of the fellow travelers who dare recline their seats. Where we allow our racial paranoia to imagine terrorist threats in the seats around us — a man taking a nap before takeoff, a college student speaking Arabic on the phone, an Ivy League economist scribbling some differential equations on a notepad. Read More>>

Fear of Flying Workshop at Westchester County Airport

Wall Street Journal

Published September 2015
By Linda Lombroso

Imagine being so afraid of flying that you can't go on vacation unless you drive there. You've missed family reunions, weddings, graduations, trips to Europe. You want to get over your fear, but you're worried you'll panic if you get on a plane. The high altitude. Locked doors. Choppy air. Tight space. Read More>>

How I Got Over My Fear of Flying

Wall Street Journal

Travel + Leisure
Published August 2014
By Molly Jong-Fast

Aaron Spelling had a train car. Aretha Franklin has a custom bus. Even Marge Simpson suffered from it. I came by my pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying) honestly: my mother wrote a novel called Fear of Flying. Read More>>

Fear of Flying, Explained (And How You Might Be Able to Overcome It)


Westchester Magazine

Healthy Travel Blog
Nicole Jenet
March 11, 2015

When he was 17, John E. DiScala was at the airport, getting ready to board a plane for "a dream trip" with his mother to visit his sisters in Australia. But he just couldn't get on the plane.


The Many Guises of OCD


Westchester Magazine

Psychotherapy Networker
Published: Nov/Dec 2014
by Martin Seif and Sally Winston

Q: As a therapist trained in traditional talk therapy, I find work with OCD clients difficult and frustrating. Can you offer guidelines about the principles of effective treatment?

White Plains Hospital's Martin Seif, Ph.D., Shares Medical and Personal Insight to Coping with Anxiety


Westchester Magazine

From Westchester Magazine
July 12, 2013
BY Laurie Yarnell

The Associate Director of WPH's Anxiety & Phobia Treatment Center opens up about the disorder that affects 18 percent of the country

Travelers conquer their fears of flying at airport program


Fear of Flying

November, 2012

Chris Bruno's panic problem began before he ever stepped foot on a plane. As a boy growing up in Yonkers, Bruno worried that if he didn't sit on a certain side of the school bus, it would tip over. When he flew on a plane for the first time as an adult, it brought his fear of losing control to new heights — literally. Read More >>

Dental Phobia
For Most People, Twice-a-Year Dentist VisitsAre Simply Routine,but Others Panic Just Making the Appointment.
Dr. Martin Seif Helps Bob Morris Confront His Dental Demons

Dental Phobia

From Elle Magazine;
March, 2006 No. 247

I am a dentophobe. I blame a hygienist. She would scold me as if I were a child for not flossing well. Then without a hint of sympathy, she'd chip and scrape away, making me yelp and wince. One day, I overheard her tell the dentist that she had made me cry. I heard him chuckle. It was absolutely humiliating, and I avoided dental checkups for years. Read More >>

Will Fear of Flying Hit New Heights?

ABC News

By DAN CHILDS - ABC News Medical Unit
Aug. 6, 2008

A spate of highly publicized emergency aircraft landings in the past three weeks may be enough to elevate apprehension in some travelers who fear flying, psychological experts say. Read More >>

Living With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Everyday Health

Everyday Health
By Diana Rodriguez
Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

The anxiety disorder can interfere with your daily routine and life in general. But you can learn how to manage those obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Read More >>

Are You Afraid To Fly?

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Message Board - iVillage

Here's some info. Share w/us your thoughts on flying. Do you fear flying or traveling in general? Do you have any tips or tricks that will help us? Thx, jan Read More >>

How to Handle Panic Attacks

Everyday Health

By Diana Rodriguez
Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

It may seem hard to get a grip on anxiety during a panic attack, but learning the right techniques can help you get your anxiety back under control Read More >>

Anxiety center helps travelers beat fear of flying

ABC News

Ken Valenti - 
The Journal News
November 23, 2009

Phobias are bullies, and the fear of flying is a tough one. This is what I learned when I talked to Dr. Martin Seif, a psychologist, and two people who had not flown in years before taking a class in overcoming their fears. Justin Tolbert of Yonkers had flown a lot as a kid, but had been unnerved nine years ago by a severely turbulent flight home from college in Atlanta. After that, he made his trips back and forth to school "on Greyhound, driving, Amtrak, you name it," the 27-year-old said. Read More >>

For Fear of Flying, Therapy Takes to the Skies

New York Times

By TIM MURPHY - New York Times
Published: July 24, 2007

For most of the 100 or so sleepy-eyed people boarding the U.S. Airways shuttle to Logan Airport in Boston from La Guardia in New York on a recent hazy Saturday morning, the 35-minute flight could not have been a bigger nonevent. But that was not the case for about 20 passengers clustered nervously near the gate. Many clutched puzzle books and bags of sour candy as though they held talismans. Some made nervous jokes, others sobbed quietly. Read More >>

Managing Day-to-Day With Agoraphobia
Severe panic disorder can lead to agoraphobia, a fear of places that can leave you a prisoner in your own home.


By Diana Rodriguez -
Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

People who suffer from frequent panic attacks are constantly afraid of having another one, and will often steer clear of places where they've had a panic attack before. Eventually, they may become so terrified of having a panic attack in public that they avoid leaving the house altogether. This severe, disabling fear reflects an anxiety disorder known as agoraphobia. Read More >>