How to overcome anxiety while driving

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Avatar f tn I really agree with the above members about the mind over matter; that is how we deal with anxiety anyway. Have you ever sought help for your anxiety through talk therapy? For me, this was the most important step in overcoming anxiety...learning about this pattern and that many people go through exactly what you are going through can help one overcome it...keep us posted!
Avatar f tn It would bend and twist and I would get so dizzy, I would rub my eyes while driving, but it was very scary to be out at 65 miles an hour and have the road fall off the earth while I was driving on it. I started limiting my driving to city streets at a lower speed, but the vertigo was still there, the black spots in front of my eyes and dizziness no matter the speed or the roadway...
Avatar n tn I know exactly how you feel, I get the same way, mostly everytime I get in the car, If someone;s with me I try to get them to drive instead, and even with that I get nervous but not as bad as when Im behind the wheel, Try to keep your mind busy while driving, think of positive things and say to yourself "Im ok, Your ok, I'll get througgh this, nothing bad will happen, it will be ok, ill be home soon" Positive self talk can make a big difference, dont give the anxiety a chance to ta
1785438 tn?1314987935 I have had severe anxiety for about 4 years now. I was taking Klonopin and Celexa, but felt that they really weren't working anymore as I was still having horrible anxiety. I also don't want to be on such heavy medication for the rest of my life, so I decided to go off the meds. I really didn't have a plan when I stopped taking my meds. The klonopin, I sort of tapered off, but the celexa I just stopped taking because I ran out and didn't go pick up the next script.
Avatar n tn If I have a passanger in the car, and it happens, it is unbearably uncomfortable cause Iam trying to hide it, and am concerned about their safety all while trying to stay calm while my head is racing at a million miles an hour. It is ever worse if I am the passenger!! So much so that I just do not take a ride with anyone anymore. I want my life back.
Avatar f tn Chronic anxiety, social phobias, post-traumatic stress syndrome, etc. are normal parts of the day-to-day life, and it is necessary to learn how to get rid of them rather than living with them. It's normal to get anxious before addressing a group of people or stress out before your first meeting with a new client.
1532322 tn?1292178743 I would like to know how you cope with anxiety of driving in snow & icey conditions! I am extremly fearful of the snow &ice .
Avatar m tn m going to the doctor on Thursday to talk to him about getting medication for my driving related anxiety. My therapist is going to fax him a letter too of what I'm suffering from so he can give me something that'll suit me. Thanks again for you comments.
Avatar f tn Therapy would be good for you, it can determine if there is a root cause of your anxiety, how to cope and think differently. None of us want to take medication, but there comes a point where you have to determine which you want more, being able to travel and have a good time, or continue like you are. I think therapy would be very beneficial for you. Good luck and take care.
Avatar m tn You think about who you could contact to go with you to these treatments, how you get there, how you get back. how you would tell your boss and who could step in to do the work at your job while you are absent. The steps you would take sequentially to arrange your private affairs. Steps you would take to do something you had always wanted to do but have never got around to. Think about what you would do if the treatment worked--what special things might you do to celebrate.
Avatar n tn My therapist taught me deep breathing and relaxation techniques. He taught me at the first sign of panic to start this breathing. He also said I needed to learn how to NOT be afraid of an anxiety attack and actually encourage them to "come on." I was terririfed to do this. Once I was able to teach myself that anxiety attacks would not kill me or harm me, they seemed to go away all together on their own, with NO medication.
1840141 tn?1327784041 Hi everyone, for the last 4 weeks I have been having issues driving lately (especially at night). When I am home or at a friends house, everything seems to be fine. When I'm driving, it's like an intoxicating symptom of unfamiliar surroundings (which should be familiar) and I can't focus very long before I feel, "overloaded" and have to blink or look out the driver window and provides temporary relief until I look forward again..
Avatar m tn Why don't you try to adress your anxiety issues to some proffesional that will help you dismiss them once and for all?
18860756 tn?1468945709 Listening to doctors about anxiety can be a rough patch. So it seems to me, as a long-time anxiety sufferer, that you have two things you need to do: find a better doctor who can find out why you fainted and deal with it -- if it's low blood pressure, work on that. If it was altitude and dehydration, or low blood sugar, which is what it sounds like, you need to eat better to work on this.
Avatar m tn I felt like I needed to take baby steps in order for this to be effective, but my Psychologist told me that I have to really push myself and Drive. I of course failed to comply to his demand, and gave up. I eventually was able to overcome driving somewhat, but I don't go far. I have a hard time driving by myself. Maybe exposure therapy works for some people, but I don't think it was appropriate for me. I don't know, maybe I didn't give it a chance.
Avatar n tn in some ways. They know exactly what they need to work on to overcome their anxiety. For the rest of us who apparently have anxiety for no reason, we are the ones in the leaky canoe. But there is ALWAYS a reason for our anxiety. We just have to work a bit harder to figure out what the root cause of our anxiety is and learn to deal with it. This is usually done through therapy and often a combination of therapy plus medication. I hope I answered your question.
Avatar f tn To be honest, it makes me feel bad to hide this from my husband but if I have to get professional help, I will have to tell him. I would like to see how far I can go by managing this by myself before I think I am falling off the wagon again. Then maybe I do have to tell him. I would like to tell you that I am very appreciative of your response. It is not everyday that I get to talk about this with someone.
Avatar f tn ( what can i do?? Therapy? Has this happen to anyone? How did u overcome this?? Please!!! Advice!!!
Avatar f tn Yeah that kind of sounds like me everytime I feel a little pain like in my chest or my anywhere I already begin to think negative thoughts like what if it I get a panic attack after the pain what if I get it worse whats gonna happen, I hate it...
Avatar f tn So, I'm going to stick to the topic of depression and anxiety. That's what this is about since I see that you've asked about the risk associated with your activity and have been firmly answered that it was not a risk. So, the mental health part of your issue. That's huge. Irrational fear stems from anxiety. Health anxiety is a real thing. Yours is attached to these two sexual encounters but it is basically health anxiety.
Avatar m tn Each time, I'm driving at least 80 kilometre per hour . It's always in the morning. And it starts with my feeling a little dizzy, then my vision starts narrowing, my hands start feeling cold and clammy, and I start feeling extremely disoriented. Each and every time, I've managed to get my car off the road, fortunately, and it takes me several minutes to clear my head enough to drive again.
Avatar f tn I've had anxiety while driving for years now. I'm also very agoraphobic. At this point in my life, I am unable to drive and very rarely leave the house. Problem right now is that I am moving about 1/2 hour away by the end of the month. Luckily, I have the best boyfriend in the world and he will be doing pretty much all of the moving by himself. Packing and unpacking will be my job, but I don't mind it at all.
Avatar f tn Excersize is one of the best things for anxiety so I would say containing to do so is a good thing! Something that happened while you were driving could have stressed you out enough to trigger your anxiety on top of the lack of sleep...or even if you were simply thinking about things that stress you out. You can always test it and get a good amount of sleep for a few days then force yourself to get lack of sleep and see if it happens again.
1348086 tn?1370783185 Well, I had missed 3 appointment with my therapist and psychiatrist in the past 3 months due to anxiety and I think it has built into driving anxiety. I have one today. It is about an hour away from here and I am afraid I am going to get anxious while driving. Any words of relief on this matter?