Fear of Driving (Vehophobia): Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Signs That You May Have Vehophobia”, “Are There Different Types of Driving Phobias?”, “How Is Vehophobia Diagnosed?”, and “Whatâs the Outlook for Someone With a Fear of Driving?”. New material written by Eric Patterson, LPC, and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Eric Patterson, LPC
Reviewer: Rajy Abulhosn, MD