Is driving nervousness driving you to despair?

Is driving nervousness driving you to despair?

Up to 35% of drivers experience limiting fears when driving.  For some a natural caution which is healthy is at the level of a phobia.  In some cases, the anxiety is constant and the person feels too frightened to drive or the fear of driving may escalate to a phobia during difficult driving situations, such as motorway driving or in congested traffic.  Vehophobia, as it known,  can be extremely limiting.

Case Study: A client came to me after having suffered vehophobia after having a panic attack while driving on a motorway, they felt that it was a lucky escape and they could have crashed.  The fear that is may happen again meant that they avoided motorways, taking long routes around to get anywhere.  When they got a new job, where driving distances was required, it became a real obstacle, not wanting to explain to colleagues why a straightforward journey up the motorway was taking so much longer (to avoid that motorway) they sought help from hypnotherapy.  After just one session they found they could drive with a passenger and had skills to maintain a relaxed but alert approach, managing any sensations of anxiety as soon as they began.  The next 2  sessions built on this success until they where able to drive on motorways and feel ‘back in control’ to a normal level. In 3 hours they were free to take the motorway after more than 25 years of detours!

 

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