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.
I just needed to get some support for the community. I have to go on a business trip in March and i havent been on a plane since i was in 7th grade and i was horribly panicked the entire time. I am freaking out. I do not fly and i worry i am going to have a full blown attack and try to get off teh plane. I do have benzos and such to take i just feel like when i am in that high of a state...
So I have been experiencing anxiety/panic attack disorder for 2 months now. It has been a struggle every day. The attacks have gotten better with the meds I’m on. But it’s still hard,just think of not having control of your body. Getting dizzy and feet and arm fill like pins and needles,eyes get dilated,taste of metal in your mouth,heart rate climbs,and all you can think about is your dyeing...