People develop a sudden fear of driving sometimes. And they can’t figure out why. What happened to bring it on? Did anything happen? Where did this sudden fear come from?
The fear is often about something driving-related that’s very specific. Like suddenly being afraid to turn left. Or go around curves where part of the road is hidden. One poor woman told me she became frightened of stopping on hills.
She lives in San Francisco. That place is nothing but hills.
A sudden fear of driving can seemingly come out of nowhere. I say seemingly, because these fears almost always have a cause.
But how do you figure out the cause?
I talked the other day on Facebook about how cruel people without driving anxiety symptoms can be. They’re often cruel towards people who live with these symptoms every single day! It makes me ANGRY. Watching them stigmatized makes me angry. I also get angry when sufferers aren’t taken seriously. However, I get especially angry when they’re made fun of.
You’re part of the problem if you think driving anxiety is stupid or funny. You’re also not wanted here. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
But if you live with driving anxiety, read on. I have a small favor to ask you.
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Do you feel your heart race, cold sweat running down your forehead, or become breathless at the thought of driving? Do your symptoms get worse once you get behind the wheel? This is called driving anxiety, and causes many people suffer intensely while driving. There are a number of ways to treat driving anxiety. One solution that’s effective for some is to take medication for driving anxiety.
Whether or not you should take medication for driving anxiety is a decision that can only be made with your doctor, or another health care professional who’s licensed to prescribe anxiety medication.
If you’re already prone to anxiety, you may fear sitting in the passenger seat while someone else drives. This is driving anxiety as a passenger, and it’s extremely common. It can show up whether you’re in a car, an airplane, a bus — any moving vehicle where you’re not the driver.
Are you prone to getting anxiety attacks while driving? So was I. This is a common occurrence that you don’t need to feel ashamed about. I did for a long time, and it only made things worse. You can read my story here. Because so many people suffer from anxiety attacks while driving, I decided to offer some helpful tips for dealing with them.
Anxiety attacks while driving can be scary, because sometimes we’re unsure how our bodies will react. Many of us struggle with fear we may pass out or go insane, although this rarely (if ever) happens.
Fortunately, there are ways of getting through these anxiety attacks. While driving can be stressful in itself, those of us who struggle with anxiety feel the pain in a whole different way.
More people than you realize struggle with anxiety about driving. But, sometimes it’s only an issue because they feel alone, different, and unsure of what to do about it. Please realize you’re not alone, and that there are things you can do to overcome anxiety about driving. Before you can overcome it, though, you need to come to terms with it. That’s what worked for me, and that’s why I’m sharing this with you now.
Overcoming fear of driving is important, because getting behind the wheel has a tendency to strike fear in those prone to driving anxiety, like myself. The swift movements of cars, and people making unsure decisions all around you can lead to an uneasy feeling of not being safe. The fear of driving is much more common than you might think, so many people need to learn techniques to help them overcome it.
This is because fear blocks us from achieving our goals, from going after what we want in life, and in this case, from getting to where we need to go.
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People with anxiety experience stress more profoundly that those without it, which makes it even more important for anxious people to learn how to relax.
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