I was a passenger in a car accident 18 years ago. We hit black ice and lost control. The vehicle rolled and flipped, thankfully landing on all 4 tires....crazy, I know. After that, I struggled just being in a car for a couple of years. Driving was difficult. Being a passenger was worse. I have mostly recovered from my fear of driving, but I get very anxious passing semis and driving next to concrete barriers. I can't STAND when cars drive right next to me. My fear/anxiety as a driver is mostly on highways. As a passenger, I am always anxious, whether on a highway or my own street. It makes my husband crazy. I am constantly hitting my imaginary brake, watching other cars, worrying constantly. It's exhausting. Road trips completely wear me out. I get so worked up my hands sweat and shake and my breathing is rapid. I avoid road trips as much as possible. Now that people can't seem to get out of their driveway without calling or texting someone, I am even more bonkers, constantly watching for people talking on their phones or texting while driving. It's maddening. I am so tired of it. I was on Lexapro for a few years, but it did not do anything. I would prefer not to be on medication. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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