Do you have panic attacks while driving?
According to the Canadian government, 1 in 10 Canadians has an anxiety disorder, and one of them is driving anxiety. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Heart palpitations
- Avoiding driving
- Difficulty breathing
- Pervading thoughts of accidents
- Shortness of breath
If you have experienced one or more of them, you might have driving anxiety. The best way to find out is to seek professional help and get the proper treatment. Not acting on it can put your and other people’s life on the line.
Don’t Let Driving Anxiety Get the Better of You
There are several reasons why a person may have driving anxiety. It could be:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Extreme weather conditions, like snow or typhoon
- Visual impairment
- Fear of driving on highways
- Dementia or aging
- Suffering from another phobia
- Has a history of anxiety
Pathway Physiotherapy is committed to seeing our patients who have driving anxiety become free from this crippling fear. Our driving anxiety treatment process starts with helping you understand your anxiety. The key to getting an effective solution is to find the root of the problem first.
After an initial assessment has been completed, our therapist will create a treatment plan to address your driving anxiety. A therapist will help you deal with anxiety-inducing thoughts and teach you the skills how to relax and focus your mind.
Oakville Driving Anxiety Treatment Process
The treatment process differs from person to person, depending on the cause and intensity of the driving phobia. Some of those suffering from driving anxiety might have been in a motor vehicle accident or undergone intense trauma while driving. In such cases, the person might also need chronic pain or concussion management if they sustained persistent pain from the driving injury.
Some of the treatments we offer include:
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Exposure therapy
- Mindfulness exercises