Sudden Driving axiety

  • monstapex

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    Jun 12, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Has any on here ever experienced anxiety driving , especially on th freeway.I used to be able to drive anywhere . anytime ,But now when i hit the freeway my head gets tight and my heart races .. It happens if i have to go out of the city .. it is so strange. the further i get away from home the more anxious i get . when i get closer to home coming back the feeling goes away..I don't understand it.
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:31 AM GMT
    I used to love driving. But lately not so much. Just getting sick of the stop and go traffic, and the shitty drivers.
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:35 AM GMT
    Get help straight away - talk to your GP or you could potentially develop agoriaphobia ... fear of leaving home.

    I suffered the same for several years, whenever I was in a car (especially alone) and it was very debilitating. I was always looking for exits and side streets.

    You need to talk to get it out in the open, deal with it or it may overwhelm you. Its treatable. Its just your own head and you need to take control of your own emotions. Tough but I did it - so can you.
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:55 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI used to love driving. But lately not so much. Just getting sick of the stop and go traffic, and the shitty drivers.
    Same here. For me it's so bad that I won't leave the house unless I have plans, or the fridge is completely empty (fasted for a day recently just to avoid traffic).

    I can hardly wait till the driverless cars are on the market and affordable to the general public.
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:57 AM GMT
    xalpha saidGet help straight away - talk to your GP or you could potentially develop agoriaphobia ... fear of leaving home.
    For the OP that's probably true, but I hate staying at home, and hate traffic more, so I choose the lesser of the two evils. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 12, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    I've been getting driving anxiety due to the amount of crazy drivers and accidents that are happening. It scares you straight to see what paralyzed people have to go through because of an accident caused by a silly mistake. These days in Northern VA, the drivers are getting worse by the day. This city is expanding causing so much traffic. As soon as the metro finishes, I'm moving!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 12, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    The only time I remember this happening was driving to Phoenix from Flagstaff at night on I-17. The highway winds through canyons and there are cliffs off the right side. Those big 18-wheeler rigs just fly down that freeway and they freak me out. It's all Steven Spielberg's fault...

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    Jun 12, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    I have a similar proble sometimes but usually after an incident in my car. It has no e-assist features (traction control, ABS, etc.) So it can be tricky sometimes. Last time I jumped a curb the whole time it was at the Doc's I had this nagging worry of "maybe I should sell and get something safer" but then I just tell myself I need to get back in the saddle as quickly as possible and get better.
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    Jun 12, 2012 2:19 PM GMT
    You ever get those really strong urges when driving over a bridge or next to a ledge to suddenly just swerve off the road? Then they pass and you think dang I wonder if anyone else thinks about these really strong quick impulses.

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    Jun 12, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    monstapex saidHas any on here ever experienced anxiety driving , especially on th freeway.I used to be able to drive anywhere . anytime ,But now when i hit the freeway my head gets tight and my heart races .. It happens if i have to go out of the city .. it is so strange. the further i get away from home the more anxious i get . when i get closer to home coming back the feeling goes away..I don't understand it.


    This reminds me of my grandfather when he had Alzheimer's. He was a very physically fit guy his entire life and when I cared for him we'd go for walks but there came a point when he had trouble walking away from the house. The further he got from the house the slower he got, the more disoriented, etc. I remember the exact day when it got so bad that he actually stopped in his tracks, unable to make himself go any further. So I turned us around and headed back to his house. The closer he got the more confident he became, the more energy he had, the more he sped up his gait. I'd never seen that before.

    Checked your profile, you're very young for Alzheimer's but if you have early onset in the family, which can start in your 40s, you might want to get that checked. If your parents didn't have it (and not just AD but the early onset variety) then likely that is not your problem.
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    Jun 12, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Defenseon said[/cite]You ever get those really strong urges when driving over a bridge or next to a ledge to suddenly just swerve off the road? Then they pass and you think dang I wonder if anyone else thinks about these really strong quick impulses.



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    Jun 12, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    Being from California and being used to a lot of traffic, I went to Wyoming and was driving along a divided four lane highway. I didn't see a car behind me or in front of me coming the other direction. I had just gotten onto this road (25 - from Cheyenne to Ft. Collins, Colorado). I began to worry that I'd mistakenly gotten onto a freeway that was closed, and I actually began to think about what I'd say to a highway patrolman who would soon pull me over - demanding to know what I was doing on this "closed" road! Soon I saw a car or two and realized I was okay...........but it freaked me out to see such empty roads as they have in Wyoming.
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    Jun 12, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    Xalpha's advice was spot on -- see your GP or a shrink pronto!!
  • monstapex

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    Jun 12, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    I don't think it's Alzheimer's.. It started after i went off Lunesta .. I had withdrawals for 6 weeks ,, My doctor said he'd never heard anyone having withdrawal from going of it but i sure did .. Also i think it gave me tinnitus .When i was going through the withdrawal i was anxious and couldn't drive for more two blocks from home .Finally i thought it was over and i could drive again. It was a year later when i tried leaving the city on the freeway when it started up again. I have no problem driving locally.
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    Jun 12, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    monstapex said I don't think it's Alzheimer's.. It started after i went off Lunesta .. I had withdrawals for 6 weeks ,, My doctor said he'd never heard anyone having withdrawal from going of it but i sure did .. Also i think it gave me tinnitus .When i was going through the withdrawal i was anxious and couldn't drive for more two blocks from home .Finally i thought it was over and i could drive again. It was a year later when i tried leaving the city on the freeway when it started up again. I have no problem driving locally.


    Got it. Had I known you were playing with your body chemistry, I never would have suggested.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jun 12, 2012 4:26 PM GMT

    I do not have an anxiety about driving, but I do not enjoy it. Fortunately, I live in urban areas where driving is more of a PITA than convenience, so I use me feet or public trans allot.

    I have done the I-17 thing that CuriousJockAZ talked about. Was the best glute workout as my ass cheeks were clenched for about 2 1/2 hours. icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 12, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe only time I remember this happening was driving to Phoenix from Flagstaff at night on I-17. The highway winds through canyons and there are cliffs off the right side. Those big 18-wheeler rigs just fly down that freeway and they freak me out. It's all Steven Spielberg's fault...



    That I-17 drive can be quite harrowing. The big-wheelers don't scare me. The ones that scare me are the ones that slow down, in the fast lane, to well below the speed limit because they freak out about the trucks and the hills, and the ascent/descent.

    As far as the OP's question, are you sure it's about driving and not about something else? Or did something traumatic happen?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 12, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    xalpha saidGet help straight away - talk to your GP or you could potentially develop agoriaphobia ... fear of leaving home.

    I suffered the same for several years, whenever I was in a car (especially alone) and it was very debilitating. I was always looking for exits and side streets.

    You need to talk to get it out in the open, deal with it or it may overwhelm you. Its treatable. Its just your own head and you need to take control of your own emotions. Tough but I did it - so can you.


    Best advice so far!!!
  • sloughwest

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    Jun 12, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidFor me it's so bad that I won't leave the house unless I have plans, or the fridge is completely empty (fasted for a day recently just to avoid traffic).


    Here's an alternative:

    https://www.beachgroceries.com/



    What is this outrageous beachgroceries site.... I go there and get this message....

    We are currently not accepting orders as we update our site
    We will be servicing you again very soon
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    Jun 12, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Defenseon saidYou ever get those really strong urges when driving over a bridge or next to a ledge to suddenly just swerve off the road? Then they pass and you think dang I wonder if anyone else thinks about these really strong quick impulses.

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    Don't give me those thoughts haha
  • Webster666

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    Jun 12, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    It sounds very similar to what I had: anxiety attacks, panic attacks.

    For no reason that I could figure out, suddenly, I started having attacks, similar to what you describe, only a lot worse, every time I went into a grocery store or a drug store, stores that I had been in at least a thousand times before, but with no ill effects.

    My doctor prescribed Clonazepam.
    I cut the tablets in half, and I take one half in the morning, and the other half at night.

    Happy to say that I've had ZERO anxiety attacks, since I've been on the medication.
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    you should def kys
  • LJay

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    Jun 12, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI used to love driving. But lately not so much. Just getting sick of the stop and go traffic, and the shitty drivers.


    Definitely this. Sometimes I feel like if one more jerk tries to pass me on the right on a one lane road while I am going the speed limit I will go postal.

  • Jun 12, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    I've found that a few shots of Tequila helps my anxiety considerably when driving! icon_smile.gif
  • HorrorHound

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    Jun 12, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    I def have it when anywhwre outside my town of Pensacola. Needless to say, I dont travel much.