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.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression http://www.healingwell.com/donate *~* Not a mental health professional of any kindIt is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
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