Vehicle Anxiety

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AmyPisces
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   Posted 1/7/2012 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else get panic attacks/anxious while in vehicles? I did when I first started to have panic attacks near the end of 2005. I wouldn't get into a car for weeks when I was having those attacks. I eventually got over it and was able to get into cars again.

But now it's coming back. At first, as long as I could distract myself with my phone or a book, I'd be ok. But now, it seems to be getting worse, particularly on buses. I had to take two buses to a friends house and on getting there and coming back, I got off much earlier than you should have (10 minute walk instead of across her street, and at my neighborhood grocery store, about 15 minutes rather than a block from my house). I even was sitting/standing on the bus...almost kneeling on the sit. I didn't even care if other people were watching and judging me.

It should also be noted that when I get highly anxious, I feel the nervousness in my bladder. Even if I've used the bathroom and not have had something to drink for a few hours. At that time, that's all I want to do. So, when I'm on the bus or in the car, all I want to do is go to a toilet. But then, I get off the bus and I don't have to go because the anxiety from the bus/car is gone.

Even though I've beaten this before, I forget how I did it.

Anyone else ever get anxious in this type of situation?

Fox7
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   Posted 1/7/2012 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I do. I get extremely anxious sometimes while driving (especially on highways for some reason), to the point that I have to pull over and let my husband drive. And then I sit in the passenger seat and feel like I just want to get out of the car.

I find what helps me most in these situations, when I have to go somewhere alone, I take a Xanax about a half hour to an hour before I leave. Then i'm usually ok.
 
 
Oh! And the "pee" thing. I get that too. Whenever i'm really anxious it feels like I have to pee really bad, but then once i'm calm, i'm ok. Just another one of the weird anxiety symptoms.... Take care, Fox

Hibee
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   Posted 1/8/2012 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Yes I can relate on this one. I failed my driving test 4 times because I was just two anxious driving and I still find it difficult today especially driving at night time so I try to avoid that. I now a few members here who also have anxiety when driving so you are not alone on that one.

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AmyPisces
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   Posted 1/8/2012 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The thing is, I don't drive. I'm 25, and I don't have a permit, license, never been behind the wheel, nothing. There's too much pressure in driving. I get anxious while in the passenger seat, or on the bus and I need to get out.

Fox7, at least I'm not alone on the "pee" thing. When I try to explain it to people, they don't understand because it's not a "regular" symptom. Even I felt that way when I first noticed it. My first doctor (who is now retired) said because I had a UTI around the time I first had a panic attack, the two kind of linked. So, I'd feel the urge from the UTI and panic. Now, I feel the panic and then the urge.

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   Posted 1/8/2012 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Amy,
 
My daughter has the "pee thing"  when she is anxious.  I know if she has to see the Dr. for a procedure she will be off to the bathroom several times while waiting for her appointment and then right before the procedure she will ask the Dr. if it is ok for her to run to the bathroom.  Many people have this problem when they are in a anxious state so you are not alone.
 
I am wondering if perhaps you get a bit claustrophic when you are inside a vehicle of transportation.  Your fear may be of feeling closed in. The good news is that claustrophobia is very treatable.

Behavior therapy includes identifying trigger points and recognizing that one's reactions to these triggers are learned instead of natural; through visualization and practicing being in small spaces, the individual learns to disassociate feelings of danger with the confined space.

Do try to remember what worked for you in the past and bring out all the tools you have to help you get past your fears.

Kindly,

Kitt

 
 
 
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   Posted 1/8/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy:)

Include me in the Pee Club (we can't sing like the Glee Club, but you should see how clean our bathrooms are!!!) I can't even take a 45 min road trip without getting anticipatory 'have to go' feelings. One trick I've learned...and forgive if this falls in the TMI category...when you go, sit on there for another few minutes. A nervous bladder constricts, not allowing everything to 'release'. A couple of minutes of relaxation can then allow the remaining contents to 'let go'.

As far as the driving goes...I am kind of the opposite, but have my own issues elsewhere...but when I am stressed, I get in my '11 Mustang and Vvvrrooommm! (only one ticket since I got the car last November!)  I definitely think that being the passenger is a tougher challenge however. I would encourage you if at all possible to consider driving. You feel much more in control. My oldest daughter just got her liscense at 21 and is loving it.

Best wishes for you, and keep posting:)

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AmyPisces
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   Posted 1/8/2012 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...it might be a claustrophobia thing, I'm not really sure. I was ok today with my grandfather in his car, but it was only for 10 minutes.

I also can't afford a car and my parents never had one. So that's another reason why I don't drive.

It's nice knowing I'm not alone with this particular symptom. :)

carlybob1
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   Posted 1/8/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Cant really give advice for the driving part, since I dont. But as far as being a passenger, i have this issue.
What has started to help me is reading books or magazines while Im in the car.something small, but it helps. heck, I even once read my medical dictionary on the way to school! lol

AmyPisces
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   Posted 1/13/2012 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Just to update: I got on a bus today! My brother was with me so that was a help. I was very much awaiting the stop as we got closer to it. I also took a cab which wasn't as easy. I'm doing better being in a car but it's no where near what I should be. But it's getting there.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/13/2012 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah! Every step in the right direction is a victory...don't worry about how far you have to go, but how far you have progressed!

Great job on having the courage to get on the bus and in the cab. That is good news, and hopefully things will continue to get easier for you with every attempt.:)

Keep up the good work!

S.C.
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