Brain Facts

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Why Are You Afraid To Drive?

If you recognize that you have an exaggerated fear of driving that keeps you from enjoying life, you may wonder what caused your phobia to develop.

Researchers are not exactly sure what causes phobias, but they do appear to be routed in past experiences and/or genetics.

It is possible, some believe, that a chemical imbalance is at least partly to blame for irrational fears. That is because all of our thoughts, emotions and actions are regulated by the brain, which directs the entire nervous system.

Structures in the brain called neurons connect to form pathways that send messages from the brain throughout the entire body.

Different chemicals control different types of actions, emotions and thought patterns.

Specifically in the case of phobias, the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin are responsible for psychological well-being.

If there is a disruption in the function of these important brain chemicals, the result for some people may be the development of a phobia like fear of driving.

While a chemical imbalance can explain in part why a phobia exists, it does not tell the whole story.

Experts believe that a negative experience triggers irrational fears in the first place. For example, if you witness a car accident or are involved in one, you will naturally be afraid.

But what if your body is not able to turn off the fear response once the danger has past? This may be what happens when a phobia develops.

In order to manage an irrational fear, you must retrain your mind so that a new response to the thought of driving (one of calmness and the absence of fear) becomes automatic.

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