I hit the car and I was afraid to drive: psychologist teaches overcome the trauma

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Many people go through this situation: drive smoothly, but someday hit the car, are traumatized and give up driving. Psychologist specializing in fear of driving, Cecília Bellina explains that, contrary to what many think, it is not stupid and can be overcome.

"This is one of the worst fears that may exist because hinders you in various spheres of life and limits their freedom of movement"He explains. To lose the fear and return to drive as before, there is no secret: just fill with courage and practice again.

In 2012, Lais Chaves journalist, 24, was working on producing a car on program and every day, get to test the cars arrived in the newsroom. "One day I caught a big one car, SUV type. I spent at an intersection and crossed me on the right. In fright, I brequei too hard and the car was behind hit me with everything. It was a little one hatch and the driver was hurt, "he says.

After the accident, the São Paulo developed a fear of driving. "I was afraid to hurt someone in traffic, hitting the car of the new company. He eventually became a phobia. " Three years later, she resorted to a driving school for licensed drivers.

In addition to classes, Laish has run the car boyfriend, who gave all the support and tried to encourage her. "It made all the difference. I felt he was not afraid to walk with me and always creating situations for me to drive, "he adds.

lais driving decarona 0816baona / istock

Many people go through this situation: drive smoothly, but someday hit the car, are traumatized and give up driving. Psychologist specializing in fear of driving, Cecília Bellina explains that, contrary to what many think, it is not stupid and can be overcome.

"This is one of the worst fears that may exist because hinders you in various spheres of life and limits their freedom of movement"He explains. To lose the fear and return to drive as before, there is no secret: just fill with courage and practice again.

In 2012, Lais Chaves journalist, 24, was working on producing a car on program and every day, get to test the cars arrived in the newsroom. "One day I caught a big one car, SUV type. I spent at an intersection and crossed me on the right. In fright, I brequei too hard and the car was behind hit me with everything. It was a little one hatch and the driver was hurt, "he says.

After the accident, the São Paulo developed a fear of driving. "I was afraid to hurt someone in traffic, hitting the car of the new company. He eventually became a phobia. " Three years later, she resorted to a driving school for licensed drivers.

In addition to classes, Laish has run the car boyfriend, who gave all the support and tried to encourage her. "It made all the difference. I felt he was not afraid to walk with me and always creating situations for me to drive, "he adds.

However, not always drive with someone on the side is a good option. Most of the time, the ride more hinders than helps because it tries to anticipate the actions of the driver and just making him nervous.

The journalist also Jéssica Rodrigues did not need such a large damage. "I was in the mall parking lot and could not make a turn. The people behind me started honking. I was nervous and at the time I could, all scratched the side of my car on the bumper of the parked "he says.

She left the car where it was and called a friend to get it going. "I was not able to drive. I left a note on the car that hit and left. A month later, I decided to seek help and went to a driving school for licensed drivers, which was great. I trained a lot, went in and out of small and manage to get security to redirect vacancies, "she concludes.

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Tips to overcome fear

To help people overcome fear of driving, psychologist created a method to control the anxiety that consists of three steps:

1) Take the car on a calm day and take a walk around the block. Do this every day until you feel safer. When this happens, it's time to increase the route.

2) Drive two blocks to have total control and security management. Enjoy train which leaves you more insecure, as a point of clutch or exit from traffic.

3) Take a walk through your neighborhood and gradually put obstacles such as a stop at the bakery. As your confidence increase, increase the path to other parts of the city, always setting a goal, as the mall parking lot or a visit to that friend. In the end, you will not even remember that he was afraid one day.

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