Driving is stressful. Even the most stable person manages to lose patience in any of the means in which we transport ourselves.
We live at a pace where we all want to get there first, and we don’t care about the others.
However, there are people who not only suffer from stress, which is to some extent very common; there is also amaxophobia.
According to some data, about 30 percent of people who drive worldwide suffer from amaxophobia.
But what is it? Why does it arise? or more importantly, how do I know if I have? How is it controlled?
We go in parts; it is necessary to establish the definition. It is a situational phobia before and while driving a vehicle. This fear can be transferred to other levels, according to the Country.
This generalized fear causes those who suffer from it to suffer anxiety attacks, tachycardia, tremors, dizziness and even hysteria and panic attacks.
It becomes a bigger problem, since it forces people not to drive, and even not leave their homes; The consequences range from being depressed to affecting your social and professional life.
But what are the causes?
As commonly happens with phobias, it is not so easy to locate the cause, since each case is particular. It can happen thanks to a traumatic event such as an accident, even if it is only present, but it is not the only reason, sometimes it can be the simple fact that you do not like to drive.
Some of the factors that make drivers have anxiety is the overwhelming amount of elements to take into account when driving: car control, attention to other drivers, signs, streets and avenues, people and other actors on the road.
Although it is convenient to do an exercise to find out what can cause it, the treatment can be given in a balanced way and the approach to overcoming the problem is similar in many cases.
Taking this into account, practically any driver is prone to amaxophobia; be it inexperienced, experienced drivers or with some traumatic experience.
An important detail is that although the data suggest that women are the majority in this condition, it is partly due to the fact that men find it difficult to admit it. Driving vehicles is still a macho practice and men suffer from it.
How is it treated?
Like many conditions, amaxophobia is not something that is ‘cured’. Rather, we can speak of a problem overcome.
According to Ignacio Calvo, a psychologist consulted by El Motor, in order to improve, a cognitive-behavioral treatment must be done, which consists of the following steps: anticipatory thoughts, techniques that allow controlling physiological reactions and a gradual confrontation programming.
The first addresses the ability to deal with problems ONLY in case they arise without having to worry before, the second seeks to avoid stress and tension, and the third involves going outside to face the situation.
If you suffer from amaxophobia, we recommend you go to an expert to deal with it.