How To Overcome Excessive Fear Of The Highway?
Good morning, 🙂 I love. I want to ask. I have a phobia of highways. I am very afraid when dealing with highways, especially when I have to cross a road. I was afraid because before I was hit by a motorbike when I was a child with fast speed. Then even now, I’m in grade 3 in high school I’m still afraid. I have ventured to cross myself, 3x I tried 3x I was hit again. Even though I already felt I was crossing at the right time. How to overcome it huh? My friends often don’t believe that I’m a phobia with the road. I want the phobia to disappear. Thanks in advance, doctor 🙂
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Phobias are excessive fears arising from a thing, can be a certain place, environment or animal. As you experience, that is phobia of the highway. Phobias are included in the part of mental disorders, namely anxiety disorders. This is because during an attack, a person becomes anxious and uncontrollable panic. As you experienced, so that a collision occurred.
Mental disorders are triggered by genetic, environmental and past trauma factors. Like the phobia you are experiencing, one of which is triggered by a road accident that has been traumatized by the past for you today.
This condition can be overcome with the help of a psychiatrist. For that, consult with a psychiatrist. The doctor will dig up your mental health history. The doctor will also check the function of your nervous system due to accidents that have occurred. If the doctor suspects that there are anatomical or physical problems, the doctor will consult you with a neurologist.
For mental disorders that you face, your doctor will help by providing cognitive behavioral therapy. But this is done by changing the perspective and attitude towards a problem. You will be exposed about the highway in stages. Starting from hearing the word highway, then reading the writing, after that see the picture, followed by seeing the video highway and finally you will be taken to the highway. This gradual exposure aims to make you familiar and be able to control anxiety and panic. The doctor will prescribe medication if needed.
Thus hopefully useful.