i know when i was driving one time on the interstate and it hit me so bad i
cut off alot of cars like they was about to hit me in the rear so i pulled over on the emr lane and hopped out and my dad drove the rest of the way i was like what the hell happend to me just a min ago pretty amn scary i say....
that was like back in may....and just two weeks ago i had a bad panic attack in the car again as i was coming to a red light i was in the turning lane and freaked the hell out like sweatin,heart beatin fast,light headed and on the phone with 911 like please help me ad they said sr. were u at?
i said somewere beside i-hop and they were like just do something with me count ur pulse like 15 times or something like that im like uhh just come get me like im really going to play a game while freakin out come on get real anybody get those while ur in the car sometimes and now i can't really drive my car like talkin bout it cause im scared it might happen again or so.
i was just going to the store drivin (night time) and it hit me just a little like my hands were sweaty and i was freakin out like my hands were shakin and takin deep breaths to calm down...man i can't stop panicikin for some reason...do i got
Hey man. I've been there, and let me tell you that it will get better. I'm 31 and am currently going through my second round of driving phobia. Like the other day I couldn't make it out of my neighborhood. And as you know, it's not the driving, it's the fear of having an attack that is crippling. The car, being isolating and potentially dangerous, makes it 100 times worse.
Here's what I suggest: 1) even though I am certain nothing is wrong with you physically, go see a doctor, just to confirm that. That alone will make you feel better. 2) this is easy to say, but try to reduce the stress in your life. I'm talking about taking care of things hanging over you, knock 'em out one by one. Life is struggle, and there's no avoiding anxiety, but see if you can't examine particular stressors that you hadn't addressed before. I'm talking buried stuff: habits, relationships, patterns of behavior. Let me share something: two months ago I made out with another woman, not my wife. Strictly PG stuff, I tried to bury it, said to myself, no big deal, won't happen again. Panic attacks begin shortly afterwards: driving panic, excercise panic, heat panic. Took two months to recognize and own up to this no-brainer. Confessed last night, and it's going to be a long road out of the doghouse, but I also feel more whole and calm today. Went for a run that was impossible for me earlier this week. Now the key is to focus and re-commit to my committment to my family. Anyways, I'm not suggesting that you've got issues like me, no. I'm also not suggesting that one thing is the keystone to your anxiety, no. And it's not like I'm cured, no. I still don't know if I'll be able to drive when work starts Monday, but something tells me I'll be in a lot better shape. Anyway, good luck to you, you'll make it. Let me know how it's going.
I have the same problem. I was in a car accident a few months ago and ever since then driving has been tourture. No one really gets it. Its notthe driving that scares me its the fear of loosing control while having an anxiety/panic attack. My doctor gave he pills to take if i expirence symptoms of an attack and I try not to depend on them, just knowing i have them makes it a little easier. Im going to see a therapist next week and hopefully it will help. This is an awful thing to have and it takes over your life, you're your own prisoner and it sucks. I hope you get better.
Where I really freak out is in single lane traffic...Sometimes it is so difficult telling if the car in the other lane is coming your way or a car in front of you passing another...Then we have tunnels...Even double lanes get to me...Single is a real joy...This is where my husband takes over...
I believe this comes from childhood...Once we came so close to be hit head on that I just about passed out...I doubt that there really is a way to get rid of freight?...Just part of life...
i have a big fear of driving. things i found helped me cope were eating something, doc said it calms people to eat, deep breathing helps since it reduces stress, and having a distraction like driving with someone or driving while on the phone or sometimes i blast my ipod and try and sing along in an effort to distract myself. sorry to say these are all just ways that help, i've found nothing to FIX the problem despite months of therapy but at least now i can drive and get places and i try and ignore the panic attacks or at least find ways around them