Amaxophobia is a very serious phobia, that is sometimes also called hamaxophobia, and it centers around driving. Per the Cleveland Clinic, this condition “makes you feel anxious or fearful when you drive or ride in a vehicle, such as a car, bus or plane.”
So, for many people, this may manifest itself after a car accident. But it could also extend to other types of transportation. You can imagine how inconvenient it would be if you have a phobia toward all of these modes of transportation at once, leaving you with very few options.
It can also happen to passengers
It’s also important to note that the Cleveland Clinic says that amaxophobia can develop in people who were passengers in these motor vehicles. You don’t necessarily have to be driving. This means that there’s not an easy way around this issue by simply having someone else drive for you while you ride along. Your fear may be based more on being in the car entirely.
This can have a huge impact on your life. It makes travel impossible, and it can hamper your social life. It may make it so that you can no longer go to school or go to work. There are different types of exposure therapy and psychotherapy that can be used to help you overcome this fear, but this can be expensive and time-consuming – and there’s never any guarantee that you’ll fully recover from it.
Why does it happen?
If your fear developed after you were involved in an accident, then it could be simply one of the symptoms or injuries that you have after that crash. Don’t assume all injuries are physical. If this does occur, then you need to know about all of your legal options to seek financial compensation.