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How to stop panic/anxiety attacks while driving?

How to stop panic/anxiety attacks while driving?

Panic Attacks.: You need to pull over to the side of the road until the panic attack subsides. It is the only safe thing to do. In the mean time, suggest you work with a therapist who is knowledgable about cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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Why do I have panic attacks while driving on highway. Happened 3 times in the past two months?

Why do I have panic attacks while driving on highway. Happened 3 times in the past two months?

Agoraphobia: Driving anxiety is really a form of agoraphobia, which is essentially the fear of experiencing a panic attack while in a setting that would be difficult to escape. Many people with driving anxiety have suffered a traumatic experience while driving, such as being involved in a car accident. For others, the relationship may not be apparent (the reason being abstract or symbolic of something else). ...Read more

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Constant panic attacks when driving on highways and interstates. Especially in SUVs. Recommended solutions?

Get an evaluation: The first step is a comprehensive evaluation from a Psychiatrist, to determine an accurate diagnosis. If you do indeed have panic disorder, there are many medication treatments and therapy treatments that are very effective and safe. The goal should be decrease of panic and return to normal functioning. ...Read more

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How frequently do you have to have panic attacks before it is a problem, for example, becomes a medical condition or prevents you from driving?

That depends: Severity is also an important issue. It is usually best to pull over to the side of the road to calm yourself if you are driving and have a panic attack. If you can't focus well on the task at hand - you shouldn't be driving. If continous panic when driving - would stop driving until symptoms improve. Discuss particulars with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i'm driving or away from home I have constant anxiety or panic attacks. How do I get more comfortable with being away from home?

Can you tell me if i'm driving or away from home I have constant anxiety or panic attacks. How do I get more comfortable with being away from home?

See a psychiatrist: Panic attacks and anxiety that start or get worse when you are away from home can be treated. You will feel better once treatment starts to work. ...Read more

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I'm on pristiq (desvenlafaxine) for panic attacks. Should i wait a while to start driving again?

If your panic: Attacks are rendering you unsafe to drive or medication side effects are causing impairment then discuss with your physician and wait. ...Read more

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I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

Might not help too: And may flare up your asthma which may increase your anxiety. You are on Symbicrt, which contains a long acting beta agonist, which isn't a good combination with beta blockers, also your thyroid problem may be contributing to your anxiety. Confer with your psychiatrist/doctor and have a list of your medications for possible interactions/contraindications, other techniques may be helpful, goodluck ...Read more

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What to do in a panic attack while driving on the freeway?

Agree w Dr. : Patterson. You would be endangering yourself and other drives if you continued to drive in the middle of a significant panic attack. Pull to a safe shoulder or even leave the free way. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, . ...Read more

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I read to pull over of you have a panic attack driving but that's not always possible. What else can I do? .

I read to pull over of you have a panic attack driving but that's not always possible. What else can I do?
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Back 2 Driver's Seat: Fear of having a panic attack can affect really start limiting ur life. Avoidance is not the answer. That will only isolate u & grow the fear. Get good eval 1st: see clinical psychologist/psychiatrist who's anxiety expert. Learn about effective treatment: exposure & response prevention which will involve facing ur fear in progressively more challenging steps. Try anxietybc.Org for education'l info. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more