Rxclusion, my job prior to this one I had for 8 years. It sounds the same as yours, but the longest I had to drive was about
an hour. So I would hop on the hwy, but if the anxiety started turning into panic I would actually get off and take back roads. I always gave myself plenty of time in case this happened. That was not a perfect situation because it wasted valuable sales time. Also, I was still shaking on the side roads until I could calm down.
I went to therapy. Tried several therapists until I found one I clicked with, and he was good. However, I still don't think I truly got CBT. I will say, it helped to an extent, but unfortunately I still need klonopin most days, and it does not work that well for my biggest trigger, which is driving on the hwy for long periods in unfamiliar cities.
I am not opposed to going back to therapy, but no quick fix over the next 2 weeks. I am so glad you found answers for yours!
Scaredy Cat, I asked if anyone else from my area would be attending, but I am the only new manager in our district, so no luck there will car pooling. My boss said, "well, you will get mileage paid for, so it's worth driving." She does not know my issue of course, but is always so frustrating that people casually think it is no big deal to hop in the car and drive so far. For most people I suppose it ins't a big deal- so makes me jealous!
Yes, anything you can find would be helpful. I've been searching the web. There is an expensive CBT CD set that the company swears helps within days, but you know how those things are. It's a lot of money and I don't always believe their sales (this coming from a sales person .
Thanks so much, it is always so nice to have this site and reach out to people that truly understand what I am going through! Virgo