What is fear of driving?
Fear of driving is a very common type of psychological disorders. The symptoms of this form of phobia may be different. In some cases, it is only an unwillingness to drive, especially on highways because the fear that some collision may happen is always accompanying driving. In other cases, individuals totally refuse to operate a car and this kind of behavior considered as a real fear of driving or driving phobia. From medical point of view phobia is an irrational form of paralyzing fear. Fear of driving is one of the most common phobias.
Fear of driving is one of the various mental disorders combined under the general term “agoraphobia”, which means a phobia of open spaces. However, it is not the well-known panic of undefended places that often frights people. Contrary, this is the panic of possible loss of control. Individuals, who are suffering from a fear of driving usually scared to get stopped in a traffic congestion and incapable to quit. Some individuals afraid to pass out, to lose control of the car, etc. to switch the lane… In addition, many people do not feel comfortable when driving next to large busses or construction vehicles.
Fear of driving Symptoms
Symptoms of fear of driving are analogous to symptoms of other forms of phobias: tachycardia, confusion, heartbeat, sweating palms, awkwardness, and light-headedness. On occasion people experience fear of death or fear of losing mind. This experience can be so impressive that many people will elude operation of a car to prevent this extreme emotional state.
Apparently, this form of phobia can influence on an individual’s daily routine especially in states where driving is necessary to get somewhere.
Different events and/or factors can initiate development of driving. In majority of cases, an individual has been involved in a motor vehicle incident or saw a fatal car accident from a side and the recollections of the event are forcing the subconscious mind to be defensive.
Moreover, an occurrence of hypoglycemia during driving may scare a person and create in subconscious mind a virtual connection between driving and physical discomfort in the form of trembling, vertigo, sweating, fainting, etc.
Physical changes that accompanying fear of driving.
It is a well-known fact that anxiety may be accompanying with many physical symptoms such as sick stomach, nausea, perspiring, heart palpitation, etc. These physical symptoms at some point may become irresistible preventing drivers from completing the particular drive. Even more, very often drivers decide to stop driving forever. It happens because individual’s internal organs receive wrong signal from the brain (conscious mind) or interpret the signal incorrect. Hypnotherapy blocks alters these incorrect signals allow organs to deal with the info they are receiving. Hypnotherapy also changes the individual’s mood, making a person calmer and more realistic. Clinical hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in those cases help to discover the “whys and wherefores” for these expected dreads and to react appropriately to destructive feelings.
Well-performed hypnotherapy identifies the core of the nervousness and fixes the problem in the initial stages.
If individual stops driving right after the first episode of fear of driving the disorder develops faster and synapsis becomes more stable. The longer time the individual avoids driving the stronger and deeper the process developed.
Fear of driving Advices
For individuals with fear of driving it is very important to make appropriate changes to their lifestyle that will help them to get back to driving with the suitable level of self-confidence.
- Do not drive when hungry since the level of glucose in your blood may be low accompanying with specific for hypoglycemia symptoms. Alcohol consumption in the last 24 hours may also cause blood glucose deficiency.
- Do not consume products known as triggers for anxiety. Caffeine usually on the top of the list of triggers.
- Consider carpooling. If you are driving a car and have passengers – talk to them since it will distract you from thinking about your driving.
- Avoid stress circumstances: Chronic stress usually results in anxiety reaction and since fear of driving is one of them try to avoid stress if possible. It is impossible in our life to avoid stress; however, use of natural ways of stress relief will reduce the level and severity of stress. The list of those natural ways consists of physical exercising, healthy light food, meditation, swimming, socializing, reading, playing games and many more.
- It is also important that the individual who is suffering from anxiety understand that anxiety is not something physical that can cause any series illness or death. It is just a product of a human’s mind.
Also, Fears and Phobias are forms of anxiety. Use of hypnotherapy for treatment of these medical conditions is effective and appropriate.
Doctor Tsan, chief of Philadelphia Hypnotherapy Clinic, delivers two major treatment techniques for phobias, which he developed based on specificNLP approaches:
- Hypnosis for Phobias Philadelphia
- Hypnosis for Fears Philadelphia
What the word Philadelphia means in the title of these treatments?
Think about hypnotherapy for fear of driving. The script that hypnotist should read to a patient can be generic “Imagine you are driving your car on a bridge” or much more specific “Imagine, you are driving from Philadelphia across the river to New Jersey… Your car entering Walt Witman Bridge and ahead on the right, you see the dome of the Camden Aquarium.” This is the technique that Dr. Tsan developed and named Hypnosis for Fears Philadelphia. As a result, the patient’s subconscious mind pulls out from archives memories of the childhood when this patient with parents crossed this bridge without any problems. The way the human mind work, these memories establish and stabilize a connection between driving over the Walt Witman Bridge and happy times in childhood (candies, ice-cream, etc.). As a result, the fear stops.
Administer Your Mind to fight fear of driving.
Based on a research of psychotherapists from www.hypnosis.org there are two major forms of nervousness that can at some point result in phobia driving: Situational and Existential.
Situational anxiety initiates as a reaction to nerve-wracking circumstances. For example, you are driving and see that the road in front of you is icy and you are not sure you will be able to drive safely in this weather condition, but you have no choice, because the way back is even more dangerous. This can cause a development of the situational anxiety. Next time when you have to drive your subconscious may recall this situation and initiate a fear of driving, preventing you from driving even in a good weather. Hypnotherapy may successfully heal situational anxiety and other psychological disorder that developed on a base of situational anxiety. Hypnotherapist has to categorize the form of the anxiety, the circumstances that triggered it and the factors that are deteriorating symptoms. After that hypnotherapist may suggest to a patient alternative forms of reactions to these situations.
Well-trained hypnotherapist, by making appropriate suggestions can program a patient’s subconscious mind to increases the level of control over anxiety symptoms by building self-assurance and decreasing a level of uncertainties.
Existential anxiety that usually initiates by individual’s thoughts about “life after death” or “spiritual sessions”, etc. does not usually causing a development of fear of driving and is off topic in this article.
Relaxation hypnosis for fear of driving.
By transferring patients’ mind into a trance-like state, hypnotherapist can emphasis more closely on the origin of apprehension. In trance-like state (hypnotic trance) when conscious mind are off, the subconscious mind tuned to hypnotherapist voice and all the suggestions are going directly into the patients memory archives.
The list of hypnotherapy techniques may also contain so called life regression method that like a time machine brings individual back in time to the initial event that caused development of fear of driving. While patient is in a trance, hypnotherapist is able to change patient’s interpretation of that event. In this case, the development of the phobia will not start in virtual past. That means that when an individual “wakes up” after the hypnotherapy session the fear of driving no longer exists.