Fear of bridges, known as Gephyrophobia, is a real concern for some individuals. The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, caused by a ship, has heightened this fear for many. Six workers who were on the bridge at the time are presumed dead.

Mental health therapist Jay Powell explains that fear of collapsing bridges is a common diagnosis. Witnessing such an event can cause confirmation anxiety, where their worst fears are confirmed before their eyes. Powell suggests coping mechanisms such as focusing on a local point or listening to music to help manage symptoms such as nausea or dizziness.

Residents of Jacksonville shared their feelings about traveling over the city’s bridges. Neil Weinreb expressed concern about crossing high bridges like the Dames Point Bridge, while Bernard Tebow expressed concern about marine traffic potentially hitting the bridges. Despite these fears, most believe that Jacksonville’s bridges are well-inspected and fairly safe to travel on.

By Samantha Johnson

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