Does anyone have panic attacks while driving?

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sophiesmom
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   Posted 3/9/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
My problem mainly starts when I get on the freeway. when cars or trucks get too close, I freak out. I get so scared and nervous that I am afraid I will get into an accident. Oh, and I cannot go on those carpool lanes that go way up in the sky. My anxiety and panic attacks started a few months ago, when my son was dx with chrons disease. He is currently very ill, and I think that the stress is causing me major anxiety. I went to the dr. last week and he gave me klonopin as needed, but I am thinking I need something else, because I don't know when the attack is going to hit til it does. Does anyone else know what type of medication I would need to prevent them from happening in the first place?
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
mlfsandiego,

I do not have PAs while driving but I wanted to dsay I am sure others here have and will be by to help you out...Have you checked out the chrons forum we have here. Also one of our AP mods Lyn has chrons. She might be by later to put in her 2 cents. Hang in there and read up on the forum you may find some of the info you search for.
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   

  Hi mlfsandiego

  My Mother is like that about driving on the freeways, with semi's trucks look out she go's into panic mode big time. Even I tend to have problems driving from time to time and yes I have had P/A's when driving and I'm really sorry about your Son I sure hope that things to get better for the both of you and you my try talking to your pdoc about getting started on some SSRI's as it helps more with your daily anxiety as well

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debaser
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.

I sometimes have atypical panic attacks while driving, and if that's not bad enough they'll often turn into regular panic attacks. Unless it's an open interstate in the middle of nowhere, there's really no way to drive safely while both are going on. I'll usually pull over and wait for them to pass or use the frontage road if there is one. They happen most often on long drives or sometimes when I'm stuck in traffic. The latter is much worse, because where I usually get stuck is on an elevated freeway and there's no way off.

Mine have been going on for a couple of years, but I was just diagnosed a few months ago. If you find some way to deal with them please share.

Annie Nigma
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   Posted 3/12/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I get them while driving too. Especially when driving out of town, or like debaser when stuck in traffic. I don't know what to do about them either, except for let someone else drive. Or take a small dose of anti-anxiety med. That's what works for me, at least somewhat. Still looking for a better solution myself. Good luck!

gcvmom
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   Posted 3/12/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes antidepressants can help with anxiety (despite the name).  I reconginze your name from another board and I also have a son with Crohn's -- his illness definitely took a toll on my mental health.  I take a tricyclic and it seems to help my overall level of anxiousness as well as my depressive symptoms -- both of which tend to get worse when there's a health crisis here at home.
 

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harry4
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   Posted 3/12/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

panic attacks while driving are common, valium type meds used sensibly and cautiously ( if allowed)  can help, but CBT methods will help you to cope

some anxiety sufferers have to stop driving, but Ive not heard of any actual crash, Ive heard of people driving off thru red lights, not being able to bear the feeling of being trapped any longer

freeways and busy roads can be aoided, we dont need to be perfect all the time

it helps to break a long journey into 10 or 15 minute stages, stopping and getting out to walk around

some sufferers need to be drunk before they can drive


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Aussieangel
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   Posted 3/12/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a few short tightening of the rib type panic attacks while driving and what I've done is started deep breathing and telling myself, you know what this is....it's just panic don't let it win.
The combination of focusing on driving and deep breathing helps me.
 
When I'm a passenger in a car it's different I can get a lot worse, I do my deep breathing or try distraction such as naming each shop I go past or the colour of the tiles on the roofs of houses.
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