Anxiety while driving!!!!

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Hello everyone.....

Does anyone else seem to have the same problem I do that every time I try to drive I get anxious...... I need help what can I do to feel good while driving

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    Why do you get anxious while driving? Did you have an accident or something? A friend of mine gets anxious when she drives because of an accident she had.. She basically revisited the place of her accident and once she saw it won't happen everytime, she was a bit more calm. Its very overwhelming to drive, I get anxious when I'm the passenger in someone's car. Its a control thing.. Take no shame in using side streets, leave a bit earlier so you can go slow and not have to speed, also maybe get a lavender scented car freshener thing.. The scent of lavender really helps to calm. Also deep cleansing breaths while you drive.

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      Hi thanks for the reply. ... well no it wasn't an accident , I actually had one of my first panic attacks while driving a couple years back... and I guess it still affects me even when I just start driving

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    I had that. It was awful. I used to keeo a cup of ice chils in the car and turn up the ac. That would usually work. Its a variant of agoraphobia so challenge it hard. 
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    Yes, I've had anxiety and panic attacks while driving, which has now prevented from driving all together. I tried driving to a store that's less than a mile away, and the anxiety kicked in half way there. It only got worse once I went in the store. It's a small store, but I still started to panic and almost put my items down. Somehow I forced myself to stay, perhaps because there were only a couple people in line, and they had just a few items. I made it out to my van, but almost called the family to come and get me. I haven't driven since then. That was my recent episode a few months back. My anxiety gets really bad when I'm sick, which I was extremely sick at time, and needed surgery soon after. I thought that I would drive again once everything cleared, but that didn't happen. I've had issues with driving since shortly before I was diagnosed 20 years ago, and only ever drove side streets. It's all so isolating.

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    I get tightness in my chest sometimes while driving not sure why so yah sometimes I get anxiety.

    Never had any traumatic experiences while driving or being a passenger, it's just anxiety you never know when it will creep up...

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    I was thinking about this today i wonder if you can go to hyonosis or hyonotherapy for this. I bet that would make sense. Its situational. Worth a try. 
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