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anxiety with driving - please help
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:12:56 PM »
i have not been housebound for a year, but i have not driven over a mile past my house in a year. that changed last night. i know i need to keep doing this and desensitize myself to it, but i am having a hard time focusing when i am driving on the main roads because it feels like my blood sugar is dropping. i know this is my panic attacks or anxiety kicking in - but that is easier said than done when you are driving, to be rational.

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Re: anxiety with driving - please help
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2014, 11:28:14 AM »
Hi Terri,

I just wanted to give my two cents  :twocents:

I remember when I had Panic Attacks in the middle of the freeway when it was bumper to bumper, I felt trapped and tried to get out of traffic, at the same time I was battling major panic attacks, where I had trouble breathing and would hyperventilate.

If it is anxiety, the only way to eliminate this fear will be to face it..., listening to gentle relaxing music or having a friend on a hands-free cell phone to "for moral support" - would be a good way to practice your driving - and it will get easier each time.  If you are driving at night, and there is a lot of glare from lights, there are "Night View NV Glasses - Cut Down The Glare" - that my older mother will use to help her see at night while driving.

If you are having Full Panic Attacks - it gets a little more complicated.  I had to deal with this, with medication that would stop the panic attacks yet not make me drowsy.  Safety must always come first.

Are you experiencing Panic Attacks or just mild anxiety?

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Re: anxiety with driving - please help
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014, 01:07:25 PM »
When this was happening to me I would focus on the radio. talk radio was good as I could pay attention to the discussion, or even put the radio loudly to try and sing along.  I would do some deep breaths too. Usually it would pass after I stopped focusing on the symptoms.
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Re: anxiety with driving - please help
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 01:24:04 PM »
Good job!

After 21 days... According to research - appears to be the amount of days for learning new habits....

I imagine you will be learn to become comfortable back driving again much sooner!

Just keep up the progress - and soon you won't even notice it... You will take to driving like a fish to water!

You will succeed - Stay Strong!
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Re: anxiety with driving - please help
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2014, 01:29:41 PM »
sorry, this was posted last night. around 7pm, i went back out and made it just fine. i have been recording my trips and uploading them to youtube. seems to help
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Re: anxiety with driving - please help
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014, 12:15:04 PM »
That's an interesting way to conquer the anxiety, with like a youtube journal of sorts. I wonder what it is about filming that helps with the anxiety?
I'm glad that it's working for you though!
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