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Posted by: CONNIE | 2012/02/21

CONNIE

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i have been in an accident a few years ago at a robot sign my friend didnt stop at the red light,no one got hurt but eversince now that i am starting to drive i fright. how can i deal with this fear. i dont want to get into an accident and i am scared ill make a similar mistake of not being alert.

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And, of course, when you're worrying about an accident, you'll be LESS alert and driving less well ! Fortunately, this can be very effectively helped. Its fairly common for people, after a very frightening experience, especially one in which you may have freared you'd die, even if you weren't actually physically harmed, to develop various reactions, including a kind of phobia, making it hard to drive with confidence.
A psychologist would probably be the best to see, if they can provide Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) a form of talking therapy which can help you free yourself from these fears, to increase your confidence and ability to drive well, and to enjoy driving. Medications might also help, but I would start with the psychologist, as many meds might make you drowsy or might make concentrating more difficult

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Posted by: Liza | 2012/02/21

CBT-style counseling will help you deal with your fears in a constructive way. (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)

Sometimes our fear is irrational and it can be very difficult to overcome this because we don''t feel that it''s irrational. It can actually become a really bad habit that''s difficult to break. While accidents will always happen, it''s more likely to have an accident if you''re very anxious about driving - simply because your fear prevents you from thinking as fast as someone who is a confident driver. And so the vicious circle starts again. CBT will help you break that circle.

Good Luck
Liza

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/02/21

And, of course, when you're worrying about an accident, you'll be LESS alert and driving less well ! Fortunately, this can be very effectively helped. Its fairly common for people, after a very frightening experience, especially one in which you may have freared you'd die, even if you weren't actually physically harmed, to develop various reactions, including a kind of phobia, making it hard to drive with confidence.
A psychologist would probably be the best to see, if they can provide Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) a form of talking therapy which can help you free yourself from these fears, to increase your confidence and ability to drive well, and to enjoy driving. Medications might also help, but I would start with the psychologist, as many meds might make you drowsy or might make concentrating more difficult

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