Driving Anxiety and How to Deal with the Fear of DrivingHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ to help those suffering from fear of driving, driving phobia or driving anxiety
Fear of driving is the exaggerated fear of driving a car. Very often it is people who have not driven a car for a while. Women are still more common than men, but that’s changing slowly.
Many sufferers are insecure personalities, but at the same time they are great perfectionists and thus put themselves under pressure.
Not only novice drivers are dealing with fear of driving. Experienced drivers may also be afraid of driving. Driving anxiety is a very common form of anxiety. It can range in severity from a hesitation to drive, where anxiety is always present, all the way up to a total refusal to drive at all, in which case it becomes a driving phobia.
A phobia is a fear that is paralyzing but irrational. Phobias are not only serious fears, but fears associated with avoidance behavior. The fear of driving can not only be very scary, but also greatly restrict life in other ways. For example, if someone lives in an area where it is necessary to drive. Or, if it is necessary for work. Driving phobia is a common phobia. Most of the times it is the fear of loss of control. People with a driving phobia fear being trapped in a traffic jam and unable to escape if they experience a panic attack, likewise, they also fear passing out, losing control of the vehicle, throwing up or getting into an accident.
For many people, driving next to a big truck can be very nerve-racking, as can be merging on the freeway or driving in the fast lane.
The symptoms of driving anxiety or even a driving phobia are similar to those of most other forms of anxiety; the classic fight or flight responses.
- Heart palpitations
- Perspiring and sweaty palms
- Disorientation, confusion, dizziness
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Sometimes people feel that they are going to die or go crazy
These are just feelings and even the most severe panic attacks don’t cause any long term ill effects. But it can be really scary and people will avoid driving to avoid these kinds of intense negative feelings.
Causes of anxiety
Driving anxiety can start in many ways. Even learning how to drive a car can be a challenge for some people. Mostly the fear settles with the experiences. It persists with other people and can even lead to panic reactions.
The causes of anxiety are usually difficult to determine. Sometimes driving anxiety can show up seemingly out of the blue, especially with people that are prone to anxiety or fear. A basic anxiety often plays a role, in addition influences of the social environment. Many anxious people come from an environment where fears are more common. Due to the anxious mood, even smaller events are given great importance. An actual accident, a delicate situation, a coarse remark from a passenger or an accumulation of stress make the fear bigger. The rather harmless occurrences add up and intensify the fear of driving.
Sometimes there is a triggering experience such as an accident or a jam on a bridge that can be identified. Many sufferers report their first panic attack on the highway. Affected individuals often respond with intense physical symptoms. Affected individuals often respond with intense physical symptoms. In order to escape this, the situation is avoided first, and finally the driving itself. The avoidance deepens the fear more and more. Total avoidance leads to a loss of mobility, quality of life and self-esteem depending on the circumstances of life. Such severe forms of fear of driving are also referred to as driving phobia.
Driving anxiety can seriously impact a person’s ability to function on a daily basis if they need to drive to work or drive for a living. Being scared of driving can lead some people to quit driving altogether.
Types of anxiety
Some clients describe special situations, often on motorways and highways, in places like bridges, construction sites, sections linked moments in which the fear is reported. Others experience fear when they just think about getting into a car.
It is possible to distinguish between specific and unspecific anxiety.
Treatment of anxiety
Does fear of driving limit you? Hypnotherapy can help to reduce or even let go of his anxiety. Hypnotherapy addresses the causes, quickly, gently and sustainably. The use of Hypnobalancing™ promotes helpful states that increase self-esteem and safety.
Many proven interventions are intensified by hypnosis. Convenient states can be experienced through hypnosis and previously unused resources are activated. The more control is taken, the more internal security is experienced. But that is only possible with conscious will.
Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing™ can resolve the underlying conflicts. In trance, the causes of the fear of driving a car can be detected. For this purpose, the causes are first identified and by solving unconscious conflicts of the past, patterns of perception, thought patterns and behavior in the present are changed.
Restrictive conditioning can be resolved in a trance by means of hypnotherapy and hypnobalancing and promote new beneficial thought patterns.
They focus more and more on the desired outcome than on the problem and limiting thoughts. A changed focus often improves the situation and easy-to-learn techniques additionally enhance personal influence.
Clients feel safe during the process, as they experience the appropriate accompaniment and support from their hypnotherapist in a state of comfort. Learning processes thus take place faster and deeper, imprint themselves.
In particular, the deep trance in Deep Hypnobalancing™ has a positive effect on the self-organizing abilities of body and mind. Patients are more likely to report that they are generally tidier and more comfortable.
Self-hypnosis has helped many patients with stress. Many sufferers usually report very quickly a noticeable improvement. Pondering, fears, mental and physical tension can be additionally reduced by self-hypnosis. Therefore, I teach my patients self-hypnosis to supplement the hypnosis sessions.
After positive trance experiences have been made with my support, self-hypnosis can be learned very quickly. This helps them to progress self-determined outside the therapy. It accelerates the process, deepens and consolidates the achievements. This also promotes the independence of the clients. A good therapist will be superfluous as soon as possible. Self-hypnosis is an excellent self-help method that can be used beyond the actual topic.
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