I have had severe panic attacks since I was 19 and I am now 38 years old. In the past, my panic attacks would mostly occur when I was in a crowded public place like a restaurant or store, but recently I have had panic attacks while I'm driving. One day, I was stopped at a red light and had a major panic attack about being trapped at the red light without a way to escape. I felt light headed, dizzy, heart racing, dry mouth and as soon as the light turned green, I pulled over and called my husband to come pick me up. I have never had a driving phobia in the past, but now I do. It's gotten so bad that I won't drive at all now for fear of having a panic attack and losing control of my car. I even had a panic attack a couple days ago when I was riding in the car as a passenger and we were driving on the highway. I suddenly felt dizzy and my heart started racing and I felt like I needed to escape the vehicle (which wasn't possible since we were driving at about 70 mph). I wanted to jump out of my skin at exit the vehicle! It was the worst feeling in the world. I am on Effexor, but I'm still having panic attacks. Has anyone else experienced this? I feel like I'm losing my mind!