Driving to work has become nightmarish for me. My panic and anxiety have sky rocketed within the past 2 months. I re started my Prozac and use xanax as needed. It has only been once, last Monday, that I had such a severe panic attack I could not drive...I honestly don't know how I made it through a 12 hour work day. I've been okay enough to force myself to drive to and from work since then. I take 1/3 of a 0.5mg tablet of xanax when I wake up to help but it makes me really sleepy. It either helps me drive a lot or it makes me so sleepy that I get anxious about how tired I am driving.
So a lot of people believe in exposure therapy, the more you do it, the more you de-sensitize yourself to it and the more comfortable you get. I drive all the time and it's not helping at all, it's only making things worse. I am constantly anticipating the drive, I am always uncomfortable driving and suffer from severe anxiety doing it and panic attacks on/off.
Does anything help you guys cope with this?? I use the xanax as I've described above on/off, put lavender essential oil on a tissue in my car to help calm, and I have a mantra I say out loud "I am safe and in control".
I'd love some advice of anything that might help.
For the past 9 years I've only had one consistant place that I could manage to get out of the house for with not too much anxiety. It is at my therpists. Unfortunately, she is closing her practice at the end of this month. I'm freaking out. Now I'll never get out of the house. I do occationally have moments that I feel confident enough to go to church on Sundays. I go grocerie shopping at least...
so I quite literally found this site five minutes ago, and I have to post. I started having panic attacks at about 11, and I really struggled with being able to swallow, to the point where I could no longer eat because I was terrified to try and swallow (sounds crazy right), this lead to me being hospitalised because of my weight, and I became a major hypochondriac. 12 years on and I’m doing...