Post Edited (Zyn) : 7/18/2008 9:47:45 AM (GMT-6)
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/18/2008 12:00:09 PM (GMT-6)
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. We are happy to have you join us and I hope you will find the support you are looking for right here.
I am sorry about your driving phobia. There are millions of people who share your fear. You are not alone and I know we had a person not long ago with a bridge phobia.
Let me give you some ideas..............first of all don't stop driving over bridges. In fact if you can find a small bridge practice driving back and forth over it until you get so it does not bother you. Remember you are not crazy so lose that thought.
Take small steps and you will eventually get to your destination -- A lot of people who have a fear of driving simply give up using their car altogether. This is the way to perpetuate your condition, not to heal yourself. If you feel that you're unable to drive, simply use the car for short periods. Either drive around the block, or to the grocery store, or take frequent pit stops to make sure your fear doesn't build up. By doing so, you're conditioning your mind to gradually overcome your fears. This may help your Mom.
Take deep breaths -- If you're ever driving and start to experience one of the many symptoms of your phobia take a few deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. Deep breaths steady the heart beat and help you to relax.
Please do not fear seeing your physician or trying therapy as now days people are beginning to recognize Anxiety and Panic for the disorder it is.
You have our support so keep posting and we will take your hand and help you through this rough time.
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08
Post Edited (Zyn) : 7/18/2008 2:22:09 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Zyn, Welcome to HW, it's so nice to have you here.
You are in the right place for support, suggestions and the occasional laugh . I'm sorry that your BF isn't being very understanding at the moment. It really is hard to understand what true panic attacks are if you've never had one. Would he be open to reading a book on the subject, or looking online? Or is that just not going to happen?!! (as is often the case.)
Congratulations on being sober for three years. That is an incredible achievement. Much patting of the back!! I'm a recovering alcoholic and I still haven't made it to three years without having a bump off the ole wagon, so hats off to you.
It sounds to me like you are trying really hard to overcome this. Keep working at it and keep us posted. Again, welcome
I promised you wonderful members..............did I not ? I am so glad you are getting the chance to meet them. Stick with us and you will make it, I feel it in my heart.