New Member Missw65 Anxiety While Driving Concern

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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/20/2018 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   

My problem is driving I have to pull over I get nervous heart palpitations,.have to stop the car and just sit there and pray. This is not normal I Am use to going anywhere . Not now I want to come back to a normal life, now my husband has notice how nervous I get while driving I do not want t feel this way It feels like the car is turning over sometimes. Any suggestions and yes I am on meds. I just need some help anyone have any problems driving I feel so all along. I lost my only child to a drunk driver I had just lost my older brother 15 months earlier then my child 2005. I feel like I am crazy sometimes I sit and watch other people driving and they do not know about me I basically keep this to myself.

Thank you

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Hi, I moved your post to its own thread so that more people can recognize you as a new member and respond. smile Moderator Scaredy Cat

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 2/20/2018 11:52:59 AM (GMT-7)

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/20/2018 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Missw65 and welcome!

First of all, I want to say how sorry I am to hear of your losses. The way in which your child is especially heartbreaking and triggering. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been...and my mother's heart reaches out toward yours!

Problems being in a car/driving are not unusual, so I am sure you will be hearing from others with similar challenges. I have had the occasional isolated attack in a car, but it is not my primary triggers are elsewhere...but I still understand the feelings you describe!

What is anything have you done thus far to get help? Have you talked to your doctor about the usual treatment options of medication and/or therapy?

If not, I urge you to do so, as they can bring about much healing and progress forward.

For now, please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page for great self help material that you can get started on right away. There are links for general anxiety management and also those for taming panic attacks. Practicing these daily will make a difference in how you feel.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful! We care, understand and support is key. smile

Talk soon,

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 2/20/2018 11:53:49 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/21/2018 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there!

I had Panic Attacks driving before and it caused me to hate driving on bridges. I can ride as a passenger but just can't drive on specific ones without feeling anxious. When I first starting having anxiety my driving was definitely affected. It took baby steps for me. First it was just driving around my town. Then it gradually moved to driving on city streets or sticking to the right or middle right lanes to comfort myself knowing that I can exit when needed. Eventually as I got more and more accustomed to it I kept upping it up. I can drive on bridges now and still have the thought in the back of my head at times, but confidence knowing I have done it before definitely helped.

Wishing you the best!
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