So it turns out that I’ve invented an illness…. I call it Post Traumatic Stress as a result of Driving Phobia.
It started off as a normal day. I was fine when I woke up and got out of bed. I was even ok when I got dressed. Everything was quite dandy when I got in the car, stuck the key in the ignition, checked my mirrors, put on the seat belt etc… then slowly backed out of the driveway ALONE. I held my breath when a vehicle case seemingly too close to me but I stuck it out and continued on my journey at a ‘reasonable’ speed.
Ironically, the trouble started when I ended the journey. Though I can’t decide if that’ a blessing or a weird curse, the fact is I HAVE A PROBLEM!
- Tightness in chest
- Slight dizziness
- Intense feelings of nervousness
- Excessive sweating (most unnatural for me!)
- Feels like I’m going to send down a shower of tears
- Can’t be driven without closing my eyes when vehicles approach too close for my liking
How is it diagnosed?
- It may be diagnosed by a phobia-crazed girl (me) who ‘concocts’ a name for a patient’s (myself) current and possibly psychological condition.
After three expired learners licences and two failed attempts at the Driving Depo, on the third try I got my license. It was a bitter-sweet moment. Sure I was excited; finally everyone would stop bugging me about getting my license but the thoughts of driving alone sent shivers through my body. Now I wouldn’t have an excuse for when dad said ‘Toya drive to the shop and get *insert items here*”.
Perhaps I have mentally psyched myself out! (Yikes) Maybe my ‘symptoms’ are really only in my head but for the last couple times I’ve driven, I get the worst feelings when I get out of the car!
How can it be treated?
If I knew the answer to that one…
How can it be prevented?
Ha! I have only one solution but that definitely won’t solve anything unless someone would like to donate time or money to being/getting me a personal chauffeur. 🙂
Whatever will I do now?!