How to overcome anxiety while driving

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Avatar m tn When I started to feel anxious while driving I wondered if I was going nuts. It was quite a comfort to know that I was not alone.Went to the psychiatrist, got on paxil but did not like it. Did not feel like myself and it affected my sex life. Also it seem to make me anxious more often but I didn't seem to mind the anxious feeling.Then got gabapentin made me anxious most of the time while driving so I am quitting that.
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 take o
1785438 tn?1314991535 I am so tired of feeling this way and people keep telling me to get over it or to change the way I think, but I just don't know how to do that. Is there anything I can try that might help me ease my fear of driving?
Avatar m tn that's why I'm trying to enjoy this life while I'm here. Sometimes I also just say F anxiety. I know these aren't great tools but they help me sometimes.
Avatar n tn If this helped one person, be it some one who realizes they have anxiety and don't know how to deal with it, or someone who has similar terrors while driving and had no idea who to turn to, then my work is done. And I empathize with anyone who has this disorder, and will talk to you and try to help you with it all that I can. Just reply to this post and reach out if you suffer from this, and I'll do my best to get back to you.
946207 tn?1246137985 How exactly is your driving affected? Are you afraid to drive? Avoiding driving? To ease your mind.....driving phobias are VERY VERY VERY common amongst people with anxiety problems. You are FAR from alone. Can you elaborate a bit as to what's going on, I may be able to give you some suggestions. I personally have dealt with driving phobias quite a bit, especially during very anxious times in my life. Hang in there.....we're here for you.
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!
18860756 tn?1468949309 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 n tn To help ease your anxiety and panic while driving, my doctor told me to take kolonapan, it's a pill form or a dissolving tablet. This helps me alot before my drive to work or anywhere.You take as needed and it's not habit forming.
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.
2111850 tn?1334369185 I personally think you should try the process I outlined above, to see if you can get your anxiety to a MUCH more manageable level. Let us know how it's going!
1565754 tn?1295482382 I just tell myself that anxiety is not allowed while I am driving. I need to drive to take care of daily tasks and having anxiety about driving is just not an option.
Avatar f tn I think it's because i know what it does to me, so I know i'm more likey to get into an accident, which in turn scares me! I have also had it while playing driving video games, walking, or even while talking. Those times, it's only bad when I am thinking of what people may think if I have the attack. I can have a small attack on my own, but not bad enough to make me lose control. I think it's because the fear of "what will people think?" is gone when I'm alone.
Avatar f tn I don't know if you guys are still having the problems you have described, but I have had very similar experiences with OCD symptoms! I highly recommend a book I was given to help manage my OCD... it has been very helpful, and has intense treatment options. I want to manage my OCD without medication, so this book has been a life saver. I still suffer from OCD concerns (especially when driving :( ), but they are getting better slowly but surely.
Avatar m tn I am 44 years old and being driving for years but unfortunately, for couple of years I started to feel dizzy and unbalanced while driving on the highways for long time at a speed higher than 90 km/h (55 ml/h) specially at night. It starts by feeling flashes at my head and then the difficulty starts. This problem does not occur while driving in the city. I visited the EN&T doctor sometimes ago and he said I do not have an inner ear infection. I visited eye doctor and no problem too.
Avatar m tn 17 years ago, I had an incident while driving. A man tried to run into my car and when I came to a stop light, he tried to tear the door of my car, while threatening to kill me. I was 3 months pregnant, and my 11 month old daughter was in the back seat. I had to pull her over the front seat and drive to the nearest police station. The guy was high on drugs. Anyway, since then, I have suffered from severe panic attacks.
584903 tn?1233834986 I almost can't remember the carefree days of not worrying about whether I might have an attack while driving. When it did happen, I was very lucky to have been able to pull to the side of the road and slip the car into park, before I passed out. SInce this episode, I now only drive in the lane closest to the side of the road which allows me to quickly pull over if it should happen again.
1074864 tn?1256936515 I'm 25 and all of these things (traveling/driving) have never bothered me before-- ever. How can I suddenly be terrified to do things I once took for granted? It makes me extraordinarly sad to think I'm losing my indepdence. I feel bad, because I never appreciated the fact that I was able to up and do things before. I feel like I'm experiencing the onset of agoraphobia - I push myself to do things, even if I don't want to, so hopefully that works. But does anyone have advice?
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 f tn There are many folks on this forum dealing with hypochondria and you should be receiving a great deal of advice and ideas on how to deal with it. I again urge you to go back in your life and try to pinpoint an event, or series of events that lead you to become overly concerned with your health. My guess is that you will find something there. Mine came about when my sister died of leukemia and my mother was so terribly freaked out that I would die too, she took me to the doctor for everything.
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 f tn I know its just anxiety, but I needed someone to show me how to identify triggers and how to deal with it. My new therapist is showing me this now, which makes me feel I will beat this. I appreciate your encouraging words and advice. I really like hearing from people who have overcome this. Thanks so much!
774736 tn?1311334985 I've only had it a short time and I'm already learning how to successfully overcome it because I refuse to let it control my life and I refuse to live this way longer than I have to. All it takes is will-power. Good luck to all of you!
Avatar m tn Thanks for the replies. I'd really like to try to figure out how to stop the physical effects that the anxiety is causing my stomach, rather than just stopping my self from feeling it. Something about the initial anxiety event is causing my stomach to get totally enflamed/irritated, to the point that it takes months to heal and go back to normal.
Avatar n tn Hi all, I'm in the middle of trying to figure out what I'm really going through right now and I wanted to post on here to first thank all the users of this board and say how much reading some of your situations has helped me. I am a 28 year old recovering alcoholic (4+ great years) and I've recently found myself being dealt a bad hand.
Avatar m tn What was that unacceptable gas from ? Is it the cause of anxiety ? How did you change your life to a better life ?
Avatar m tn WELCOME TO THE ANXIETY FORUM! Welcome everyone to the Anxiety Forum. This is the place to come if you have questions or concerns about anxiety/panic, related medications and their side effects and recovery. Some of our members have been living with anxiety and related disorders for years, while others are new to the waiting rooms of psychiatrists/therapists and the rainbow of medications available to treat our various conditions. Regardless of what brings you here, welcome!
Avatar m tn mike is right, knowing to much can hurt u to. but when i first had anxiety i always thought i was going to die. every little thing to a bump to a bruse i thought i was going to die. i always thought i had throught cancer when to my doc, like three times a week, to have him check me. and he always smiled and said u are going to live to 100 yrs old. which i don't know about that. but anyways that was 9 yrs ago and i am over that. it seems like its a stage of anxiety.
Avatar m tn This leads to various overcontrol strategies to reduce anxiety, including mental rituals. While these strategies may reduce discomfort, the effect is only temporary, and then the cycle begins again." At some point you need to say ENOUGH and I'M NOT GOING THERE ANYMORE. If you let the thought continue then you end up on the computer looking up things that make your anxiety worse or HIV testing that you don't need. Where does it end?
Avatar f tn She writes just like she is sitting next to you, and she explains why you are having the symptoms and how to handle them. If your husband read them, he would see that you are not the only one who experiences this, and it may open his eyes to what you and others are going through. Oh you can get the books on line from Amazon, I think, and maybe some of the larger bookstores have it as well. I hope this helps, good luck and please keep us posted.