Hello everyone ,
I am new here and was wondering if anyone else has been suffering from the same forms of anxiety and panic attacks as I have. Up until 5 years ago I was pretty fearless...maybe even reckless to a degree. I can clearly remember the first time I had a panic attack. It was while I was driving down the interstate home from work. I saw a car catch fire and it triggered something in me that was just awful. At the time I was working a very stressful job managing a real estate company, not eating right and sleeping very little...plus I was a new mom with a toddler and my husband worked a lot. I was so convinced that the car poisoned me!!!! I had it towed thinking it was leaking Co2 or radiator fluid. I laugh at this now. Once it was confirmed there was nothing wrong with the car, and I continued having these episodes I started inking it was my heart and so started the trips to the ER. We'll it was discovered I had a heart murmur, but that was NOT the cause of my symptoms. I have been through so much in my life and thought I was so strong...it took me a long time and many medical tests to accept that the problem was in my head. Over the past 5 years I have all but cured myself. I bought a Great Dane puppy and trained her in obedience and agility...this did amazing things to help me..gave up my stressful job and started taking better care of me, but I will never be the same as before. There is one thing I have not been able to get past....and that is driving on the interstate. I manage to get where I need to go, but I go way out of my way to avoid the interstate when driving alone. I am sure a lot of that so because where I had the initial panic attack...and some of it is because driving can be a trigger for me. However I need to get past this...does anyone have any ideas to help? I really want to take a road trip soon...plus there are more job opportunities for me if I commute. I think part of it is the feeling of being trapped on the interstate and not able to pull over if I panic.
Thank you all for any help!