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 always struggle during the evening I just want to go to bed, really early like about 7pm. I am highly nervous, on edge, try to distract myself but nothing works. My hands shake, my heart races, even the tv is too much on times.I am taking anti depressent tablets, and vallium what should I do next? Any advise????????
My anxiety is at an all time high, the Fall semester ended December 8th and I'm one step closer to achieving my academic goals. Nevertheless, as of lately I've been an emotional wreck and feel like a failure, I'm so lonely it hurts, I'm 33 years-old and have never had a romantic relationship, never, and I feel as though I'm running out time (anxiety). I have been crying and longing a lot over...