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What Is Driving Anxiety Disorder?
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What is Driving Anxiety Disorder?

You might be surprised to learn that driving anxiety disorder is a disorder that many people suffer from. In some cases driving anxiety can turn into a full blown phobia where a person will refuse to drive at all! Not all driving anxiety is as extreme as driving phobia, but none the less it is real and effects a persons ability to drive comfortably and confidently. There are many reasons a person might suffer from driving anxiety, ranging from being in a car accident, or fear of accidents happening that they have no control over. Also, if a person is naturally prone to having anxiety than chances will be higher that you can develop a driving anxiety disorder.

What are the symptoms of driving anxiety?

Feeling disoriented or confused, sweaty hands, heart palpitations, confusion, shortness of breath, and dizziness. These feelings are usually triggered while approaching a vehicle or coming into traffic, but can also be triggered as soon as a person sits in the driving seat. Some people who suffer from this anxiety also fear that they will somehow lose control of their vehicle no matter how hard they try to prevent it from happening, and their fears sometimes become unrealistic or very unlikely. An example of this would be that no matter how much pressure they have on the break, they think that somehow their foot is not applying enough pressure and the car will jolt into traffic causing an accident.

What can you do to lower the chances of an anxiety attack while driving?

While these recommendations will not completely cure driving anxiety, they can help lower your chances of having a more severe anxiety attack while in the driving seat. They include; reducing caffeine intake before driving or cutting it out completely- caffeine is well known to be a huge trigger for those who suffer from any type of anxiety, so it is best that you avoid if you can; eat a small snack before driving- this will help prevent passing out during an attack due to low blood sugars. Try to avoid sugary snacks that can help with the trigger of anxiety, small healthy snacks are best! Exercise before diving- just like with regular anxiety this can help make for a clearer mind. Also yoga and mediation can help lower chances of a anxiety attack as well.

Driving anxiety can be a scary thing for the person who is suffering so it would be a good idea to talk to a professional to learn techniques on how to deal with the anxieties, and potentially prevent them from happening again!


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