Panic Attacks when driving

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
 I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.I also suffer from psoratic arthritis and have pain all the time. I used to go every where and do everything by myself. My husband passed away 15 years ago and I was left with three childen to raise. I did it all and went every where now I sometimes can't even get into the car to go to the store which is 1/2 from my home. I am basically homebound unless my kids take me where I need to go, and even sometimes going with them is stressful too. I don't really understand why sometimes I can talk myself out of the attack and other times it's so over whelming. I am on 20mg prozac but it doesn't really seem to help much. I tried zoloft, paxil and neither helped, probably made it worse. Most of the time I can drive as long as someone is in the car with me sounds crazy but I will take a cab or bus just to avoid driving. I can't handle feeling this way anymore my kids don't understand and sometimes tell me it's stupid that I can't drive and we wind up fighting. sad

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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you speak to your doctor about your meds. Could be you just need to increase the Prozac.. I have a chronic and incurable bowel disease myself with what we are starting to think is AS (a form of arthris) with it. So I do understand what you are going thru with the chronic pain every waking moment. It really can get to spiritually sometimes. Are you seeing a therapist at all? I got a lot of help with talking to my therapist. Maybe you can find one who deals you with chronic health issues to help you learn to live with your condition. Good luck!
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, your children need to educate themselves on anxiety disorders. Not being able to drive is frustrating and depressing. It's not your fault but there are ways to get through it. You can slowly increase your exposure to driving. Maybe begin driving around your block a few times and then venturing out further and further.

I was on 20 mg. of Prozac for years. Recently I began taking 60 mg. It has made a world of difference for me. I increased it slowly (20 mg to 40mg and then 60 mg).

I was sorry to read of your hubby's passing. You've no doubt been through a lot and hence, the anxiety symptoms. Go easy on yourself. You can go back to a "normal" life. Don't give up and begin helping yourself with gradual exposure, therapy, exercise, etc. Good luck!
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