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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a realy bad one today. I was driving on the freeway and all the sudden I could feel that familar tingle in my feet and it went up my legs and then my heart starts to beat faster and my breathing is messed up. I had to pray all the way to the exit that I was getting off at. Does anyone have the same thing happen to them just on the freeway not on surface streets? If you have some advice I would shurly be greatfull.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi slz sorry about your episode today I know it can be hard. I don't drive so unfortunately I can't really share any driving techniques with you. I do however know how it feels to be going about your day then BOOM a panic attack hits. Just remember it can't hurt you and noone dies from a panic attack (my therapists tells me this as a calming technique) just try to remain calm and it will pass. Just think at least you manage to drive my GAD has me scared to get behind the wheel. Keep your head up.

This too shall pass...

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   Posted 7/20/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember if I've had a panic attack on the freeway. But it sounds like you kept yourself together. Praying helps. It probably calmed you down a little. Next time stay on the freeway as long as you can. You may find that by facing the panic attack and continuing to drive, that the panic attack goes away more quickly.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
       Panic Attack Today
       Hi SIZ 727
       I have recently started experiencing Panic Attacks but as yet not whilst driving.
       Mine seem to occur when I am at work ,shopping ,out with friends or at the cinema.
       I have kept away from medicines and am trying various alternative methods.  
       At the moment when an attack arrives I find a quiet spot , take deep breaths and visualise something good that has happened     in    the past or a really warming experience.
 This seems to help me,let me know if it is of any benefit.
       I am still reading up on this subject and trying different methods.
       If I come across anything else I will let you know.         
       Stay positive and good luck 
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not had them while driving but I'm pretty sure I've read about other people who have similar experiences. Usually I have to call someone or talk it out with a friend- I end up pacing or sitting down, don't know if that's good or not. I guess I end up praying sometimes to- trying to let faith step in is sometimes the only solution for me. Good luck

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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hello, FireFly
  Calling a friend really helped calmed me down when I experience an attack while driving. It is a great distraction and also offers a sense of security. The main thing is to not let it prevent you from driving or taking the highway. Regardless of the severity of the anxiety attack when driving, I have never felt like I was a danger to myself or others. If anything more alert and cautious. Mr. Anxiety as my therapist calls it.... is all bark and no bite. He can"t hurt you.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yes! I had a panic attack while driving. I had gone to the mall against my better judgment...I had been feeling off all day...went anyway and was about half-way home when it hit. I couldn't make it. I stopped at the side of the road and called my husband. He was going to come where I was but finally just talked me home. My heart was racing...I felt like I couldn't breathe. I didn't drive again for almost five months. I think it was a mistake for me not to drive for so long. When I finally got behind the wheel of the car again it was very frightening but I drove and I've been driving ever's been almost a year now. I've had anxiety while driving since then but not as bad as that day. I have determined that I will continue to drive! Of course, if I ever feel as out of it as I felt that day of the panic attack...I will pull over. I won't put myself or others in danger. Panic attacks will pass...we all know that. It's hard and seems I will surely die while in the midst of one...but I'm still here. I'm not trying to be's a hell of a condition we live in. I know exactly how you feel. Keep on keeping on...we are strong even when we feel our weakest. Joni

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   Posted 7/21/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank all of you for your responce. I will look forward to all of your ideas,

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