I feel stranded -
Over the last few years I have gotten more and more anxious when driving. I do fine on residential streets, but a couple years ago I had to give up driving on the highways because I would feel dizzy. I really have trouble with crossing bridges that are over bodies of water. I feel like I'm going to pass out.
There are places I would like to go and things I would like to see but I just can't. And I can't expect people to drive me everywhere if it involves a highway.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/07/2013|
Hyacinth, please shut the fuck up.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/02/2013|
It sounds like you could use therapy and/or anxiety medication for this problem. I'm not being snarky, by the way--I sympathize.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/02/2013|
Why do you have an issue driving on the Highway? What's the fear?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/02/2013|
This happened to a friend of mine after she was in a serious accident on the freeway. I told her to get some therapy because she hasn't gotten over it two years later.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/02/2013|
More accidents happen on the street than they do on the Freeway.
And yeah, R4, always get right back in the car and drive as soon as you can after something like that. Otherwise, youll develop some major issues.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/02/2013|
Therapy, OP. I suffer from anxiety and have had panic attacks while driving. I almost got off the highway and drove myself to an emergency room because I thought I was having a heart attack. I ended up taking back roads home - for about 90 miles just so I didn't have to get back on the highway.
For me, it's control issues that trigger a panic attack. You have to be 100% in control to drive.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/02/2013|
Right there with you, OP. I'm okay on surface streets, but unless it's a short distance that I regularly travel on a highway, I have anxiety attacks.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/02/2013|
[quote] More accidents happen on the street than they do on the Freeway.
yes but on the average city street I'm driving 30 mph, not 65 mph or higher.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/02/2013|
Strauss waltzes can help. Listen to the waltzes on CD or other music device when driving in an area where your anxiety gets overbearing. The waltz time puts your body and mind into a waltz rhythm instead of a 4/4 rhythm. I got this from a psychologist and found it really works. It's an offshoot of The Mozart Effect.
I have to go to a nearby city, that has awful traffic jams, about once a month. I dreaded the trip until I began to play waltz music. Now there's no problem. I never thought I would buy any music by Lawrence Welk, but that orchestra has great waltz music to put a stop to anxiety.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/02/2013|
Try taking the subway instead of driving. Problem solved.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/02/2013|
Stay the fuck out of the left lane, OP...
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/02/2013|
[quote] Try taking the subway instead of driving. Problem solved.
No subway or reliable public transport that goes where I need to get to most of the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/02/2013|
Sounds like you need professional help OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/02/2013|
Thank God you re off the road.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/02/2013|
You're a delicate flower, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/02/2013|
Get your eyes checked op, I think it has something to do with your eyes that you can't handle the higher speeds, reflections from the water, etc. Could be macular degeneration. How is your night driving?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/02/2013|
Jesus, you people are a fucking mess
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/02/2013|
I'm with you OP; I was in car accident 2 years ago - it wasn't really even that serious - but I keep having this feeling that someone is going to crash in to me again & I'm always bracing for the impact. Riding in the car with someone else freaks me out to the point that I have to close my eyes and breath deeply. It seems silly but it's like this feeling of dread that I can't shake.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/02/2013|
America is full of shrinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/02/2013|
Hypnotherapy might be something you should consider.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/02/2013|
Do you live in New Jersey, OP? The Jersey barriers along Rt. 22 made me a lifelong hater of the automobilian arts.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/02/2013|
Move to the desert. No bodies of water.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/02/2013|
Been there, OP. Awful. I hardly left the house for a couple of years. Eventually PAXIL. It works, only you can Never Stop Taking It.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/02/2013|
R1, I wlll not, you know its time for my famous candelight suppers
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/02/2013|
When I have to ride in a car with someone who is driving on the highway, I have to take valerian or Xanax.
Night driving is fine.
I'm very scared of big trucks and everything buzzing by me so quickly makes me dizzy as I try to take everything in at once.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/02/2013|
I could have written the OP's first post, although I think the OP has it worse than I do. Highways and bridges are the worst, because of the trapped panic that is lurking - you can't pull over or get off, you're trapped with this fast flow and if you freak out (and that's the fear for me, the uncontrollable panic) what can you do? You've got to continue driving, trapped. I've noticed that inositol helps (google inositol and panic attacks) and so does propranolol, and they work best in combination, I think. Having something to keep your mind occupied, like an interesting radio program or audiobook also helps me, or forget about the anticipation. I still try to avoid highway bridges or overpasses, though, and drive more slowly than the highway traffic around me even after a few years of this.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/05/2013|
My mother stopped driving after her father died. My dad does all the driving now. I don't know what she'll do when he passes; they live in a small town.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/07/2013|