This may or may not surprise you but having panic attacks while driving is actually pretty common. I mean there are whole webpages devoted to this condition. It may seem weird that you would have a fear or phobia around driving, because it's really quite safe, especially today. But, if you think about it it makes a lot of sense.
Cars go fast. Cars are big metal boxes that have the potential to kill. Whereas most people wouldn't give driving a second thought for others there are underlying subconscious fears that bubble to the surface when sitting behind the wheel.
Actually, it may not even be a phobia of driving, it may be a phobia of going far away from home base. Fears and phobias take so many different forms and surface at strange times. If however you're having panic attacks while driving a lot, you can be pretty sure that this is the trigger for your panic attack.
How do you get rid of panic attacks while driving? Well, you have to prepared, you gotta be like a boyscout. . . or a girl scout, if that's the case. You can't count on other methods like diet and exercise to get you through the attack. Once an attack starts you have to have a tool which will switch it off.
Does such a tool exist? As a matter of fact it does. There's a revolution going on in the battle against panic attacks. In the past long session of therapy and anti-anxiety medications were the order of the day. But today such expense and time consuming methods are becoming a thing on the past.
Why is this? Well, there have been many advances in the science of the brain, we understand more and more about how the brain works and thus have come up with ways to use our brain's in our more dire of situations.
Psychologists know that emotional reactions are caused primarily in an area of the brain called the midbrain or the “reptilian" brain. This an older part of our brain in evolutionary terms and it involved in so called “fight or flight" reactions. Is it any wonder that we have so much trouble with panic attacks? Many of us have lost touch with this older part of our brains and it can overheat, causing full out panic.
There is a technique that teaches how to move activity from the midbrain into our forebrain area. This is the area of the brain that's logical and that we are much more familiar with in this day and age. Once this area becomes stimulated and the midbrain “cools" down we can gain our composure. Panic attacks while driving will become a thing of the past.
But, you need to have specific knowledge on how to do it! Are you ready to learn how to do it? Ready to begin living with joy instead of fear? Then follow me here .
The author lives in Chicago and is happily recovered from severe panic attacks.