There are a lot of people who are suffering from anxiety or panic disorder. If this is so, there is a high chance that they too maybe plagued by driving anxiety. Anxiety whilst driving is a fine example of a specific or distinct anxiety disorder. An individual who is afflicted by a distinct anxiety disorder like anxiety driving, may not get or feel apprehensive in general as opposed to those who are suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder, he or she will only start to get anxious and panicky when faced in specific situations like for example driving over bridges, on freeways, uphill roads, icy roads to name a few.
This condition, being driving anxiety, should be attended to as early on as possible. People who feel anxious whenever driving will experience symptoms such as sweaty palms, difficulty breathing/swallowing, chest pains and increased heart rate. While experiencing such symptoms, irrational thoughts and ideas will start racing into your mind and all of which will put you into a state of fright and panic and might even cause you to faint or pass out!
Those who are prone to experiencing such signs and symptoms and who have possibly suffered severely because of an accident caused by their anxiety are very likely to develop this fear of driving phobia. That’s not the best stuff to be happening. Once this happens, you maybe forced to give up the act of driving altogether. So, how do you prevent this from happening? Are there ways in overcoming driving anxiety, so it does not escalade into something far worst?
The answer to that is a big YES! There are a lot ways that can be done, just so you could overcome your anxiety driving. The use of positive affirmations for one is a good method. By continuously saying to yourself that you are going to be fine and that there is really nothing for you to fear about, you can dramatically minimize the effects that anxiety is pinning on you. Help also comes in several forms such as therapy and medication. Make sure to confer with a doctor first though if you want to make use of such methods.