Taking a leisurely drive on a Sunday afternoon is one thing people usually count on and take for granted. For some people though, doing this will only cause them to encounter panic attack driving experiences.
If this happens to you a lot, it is because you have developed some type of phobia which has become associated with driving. In most cases the fear is unreasonable and has become habitual.
Research show that an estimated 1.7 percent of adult Americans are suffering with an panic or anxiety disorder, and the majority of these people drive. This condition is quite common in children between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age, and many of these teens will become new drivers.
There are several scenarios which could aggravate or ultimately result in you having a driving panic attack episode and should be avoided, especially if you suffer from an anxiety disorder.
1.Let’s say that you’re angry or had a heated argument with someone, you might want to take a drive with the intention of cooling down. By doing this though, you could be putting yourself in a position of having a driving panic attack because your brain will not be concentrating on the act of driving your car. Instead you will be focusing on the anger and nervousness you feel.
This is why in this situation you don’t drive when you’re upset. If you are not able to cool off, but feel you have to get out and go somewhere, it’s a good idea that you let someone else drive or take a bus or a cab. Panic attack driving experiences will less likely happen as soon as you wind down.
2. Another situation that will cause a panic attack driving experience is when you find yourself rushing to go to work, school, or anywhere else. This will result in you having a panic attack because you are now in a heightened state of anxiety, which raises your adrenaline levels.
On top of that, you are more likely to go over the speed limit, putting yourself in an even greater state of anxiety.
3. Being diagnosed with high anxiety disorder is an additional situation that causes driving panic attacks. If this disorder isn’t treated at an early stage, there is a great chance you will experience these types of attacks later on in your life whether you are driving a car or not.
4.Being over exposed to the media (movies, tv, video games, news) may also play a role in your stress levels while traveling in your car or truck. Films with dramatic road collisions or witnessing someone drive into a crowd causing an accident could lead you to develop a driving panic attack.
If you already know that you tend to be anxious and sensitive, limit or cut out all together your exposure to such stimuli.
The fact is, if you don’t deal with this in a timely manner, this situation can escalate into a problem that causes you to avoid operating a vehicle under any circumstances, and this will definitely compromise your self-reliance.
Treatments usually involve some type of therapy and/or medication. However, many of the drugs prescribed for this type of problem have warnings about operating a vehicle while taking them.
Can you imagine being able to take a drive to the beach or park on the weekend without the menacing thought that you are going to freak out behind the wheel. Other people are finding relief from this condition and are driving with confidence once again. By using the simple “One Move” technique, long time sufferers are learning how to conquer their attacks and the fear that accompany them, and you may find that this works for you too.