Passing out while driving?

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steph2005
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   Posted 11/27/2006 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the fear of panic so bad that I get afraid that I will pass out while driving. That fear leads me to feel panic and anxious. I know that I start it myself but it's difficult to bring myself down from that fear. I was just wondering if anyone has actually passed out while driving?

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/27/2006 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never passed out while driving. Have you ever passed out while having a PA? If not why should driving be any different than any other PA?
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jordaNZone
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   Posted 11/28/2006 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi steph
Never passed out when having a panic attack.
However have had some bad ones while driving but always managed to hang in there until I could pull over to the side of the road and calm down - thank goodness :)
Things that have really helped me:
Reassuring myself out loud that it's only a panic attack and it will pass.
Taking control of my breathing.
Singing out loud..thus distracting myself from going into full panic attack mode - but keeping my eyes on the road of course.
Hope this helps a little.
Maree

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   Posted 11/28/2006 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
although I don't drive I get scared of being trapped in the car - I have music on that I picked myself , I sing along and really feel the music , it helps big time.

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   Posted 11/28/2006 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Nope I never have passed out while driving I turn up the oldies open windows and rock on down back roads lol
I dont think you need to fear this unless it has happened already or you pass our alot
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steph2005
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   Posted 11/28/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the replies. I haven't ever passed out, but always afraid of. Used to have low blood pressure when I stood which caused me to black out momentarily, never to the point of passing out. I guess it's just one of those fears. However, I did have a panic attack in my car this afternoon on my way home from work, got through it just fine and was really happy about it. I have been doing CBT and a lot of changes in my beaviour, so hopefully that is helping, because I got lightheaded and everything and didn't freak out. I hope it's working . Thanks again for the replies

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   Posted 11/28/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Gladyou did well congrats...
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Jamie28
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   Posted 11/30/2006 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Steph,
 
I get the same feeling when I'm having an attack while driving.  I get a numb, light-headed feeling and feel like I'm going to faint.  This has probably happened a hundred times to me while driving but I always made it home safe.  I had to stop or pull over a few times myself.

I know it's tough but hang in there next time you have one.  I find the distracting myself with music, rolling the window down to get more air, and possibly even calling someone to talk helps me get in control.
 
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steph2005
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   Posted 11/30/2006 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply, I actually did have an attack two days ago, and I felt like I did pretty good with it in the car. I did distract myself with music while sitting in traffic, so that was fun. And both of my windows were down even though it was raining lol. I try not to call anyone, because for me I get more anxious for some reason and work myself up more, so I try to only do that if I am absolutely out of it. It really does make me feel better that others do go through this, and I appreciate your input very much. Thanks again :)
*Steph*
 
 


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   Posted 7/19/2011 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this post is old, but I'm hoping that I can still get some responses from people here. I currently am fighting this very problem and am so happy to have found others that share my experiences.
For the past 2 years I have had a fear of driving over bridges, and other situations where I am unable to pull over in case of an emergency. A normal freeway with a shoulder is not a problem, and city streets are just fine, however when I find myself in a situation where I have to be 100% commited and have no (out) I tend to get myself worked up and I experience what I feel is "passing out behind  the wheel" starting...
It has yet to happen to me, however I fear that I will lose consciousness and wake up injured in an accident (which injured myself, and worse someone else....) or worse, not wake back up at all...
And the thought of this just perpetuates my fear even more making it worse and worse everytime....
 
Has anyone else experienced this? My biggest fear that drives all of this is that I'm afraid of hurting someone from passing out behind the wheel... It has never happened, however the more I fear it, the more it feels like it could be a reality and I'm tired of feeling this way.... I'm tired of canceled trips, avoiding life because of a fear that I know deep down stems from nothing...
 
 

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   Posted 7/19/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have the fear of passing out, but I've had panic attacks on the thruway and I don't drive them anymore. I feel like being dizzy and lightheaded would be the equivalent to driving under the influence. I'd love to be proven wrong though. I wonder if there have been any studies done about this. You know when they monitor someone on a closed circuit after they've had drinks? I wonder if they've ever monitored people who have panic attacks while driving. I've conquered many fears, but I can't convince myself that this isn't a rational one.

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   Posted 7/19/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell Mysty1
 
You have posted to a thread that is 5 years old so I started you a thread of your own.  This way we will all have the opportunity to meet you and respond to your problems.
 
I moved paniccu's response to your thread.  Just look for your name in the topic title.
 
I will lock down this old thread.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
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