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are there anyone else that has anxiety thats scared to drive and to stay by themselves

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No, I even like to be alone, loneliness is relaxing me, I can get my thoughts in order. I've been a very energic person years ago, no I guess I got tired a bit and I seek now more time for myself. Loneliness is not such a bad thing in my oppinion, we all need some time alone from time to time. I am 30, so loneliness is not an easy thing at this age, but this was my choice for now. I only hope it won't last forever.
a guest
2 years ago

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At first I wouldn't drive at all now I only drive when someone is with me. I'm new at this website but so glad I found it. U all make me feel better to know that it's not just me :)
love
2 years ago

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I used to be able to drive but since have moved to the city and will never drive again. I could barely get myself to drive in a small town. I'm just too nervous/scared I'd screw up and hit someone. As for being by myself. I prefer being by myself.
SocialSuicide
2 years ago

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I used to have major issues with being alone at night and sometimes even during the day but eventually I just outgrew it.. although I never thought I would.
ttlt15
2 years ago

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Same as Nessa , since having accident 2005 been difficult i can at night's normally not far though, like getting back on the horse. I worry i will freak out n kill people, so i get someone else to drive.
billbobaggins
2 years ago

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i've had my license for 5 years and still couldn't bring myself to drive. i'm afraid i'll get into a car crash. so, i usually get people to drive me around or take public transport if i need to go anywhere.
ash1310
2 years ago

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fairly Common this one..Driving or the Fear of it..in case "something: might happen,?? Often whilst a sympthom of Anxiety, this is allied to OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder..which in itself is a FEAR..Overall of course..Anxiety is caused by FEAR..Fear creates the Pancreas to release Adrenilin, which into the blood stream causes the Heart to beat faster and the Brain to react too quick to comprehend normal situations..Since most anxiety sufferers lack that important brain chemical Serototin {necessary to OIL the chains of the Nervous system,. so to speak} FEAR sets in...and it is that Fear that creates ALL those unnecessary feelings that whilst they ARE alarming and U actually feel them..they are Phantom physical feelings that cannot harm U..no matter how bad they get..and they CAN get real bad.
doc keven
2 years ago

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yes. i've made a lot more progress w/ staying alone than w/ driving. i've had a license & have hardly driven... FYI i wasn't particularly afraid of staying alone until i had severe digestive problems...going thru that led to a sense of anxiety (it's a long story...one in which i was misdiagnosed...) that lingered even after i had stopped being sick
AudryP
2 years ago

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Mine also started with digestive problems scaring me so bad to be alone, but the anxiety made the disorder ever so worse. That is now dealt with by medication that works, but I still do not like to be out in public without my husband or parents or a trusted friend and driving used to not bother me so much in town, but I hated traveling distances alone. Now it bothers me sometimes just to go down the street to get a bite to eat or run to the pharmacy alone. I hate this because I really need time to myself out and about and now that I am able to do this as my husband can handle all the kids by himself now and it is like I am unable to force myself to go have the me time I need all because of fear, which drives me to the physical parts of the panic attacks and the effects are always different. It is nice to know others suffer from this and that it is possible to overcome and know that what I am feeling is from anxiety by reading others responses.
arinehart
2 years ago

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It took me a long time to learn to drive because I was so scared. but eventually it got better because I had to drive to get to work. I live by myself now and hate it. When I get home, I check closets and spare room to make sure noone is hiding there.
lizzy
2 years ago

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I am terrified of driving, I will certainly not do it. The fact that I might look silly driving behind the wheel, and the fact that I might kill someone or kill myself. I had no interest whatsoever of learning either. I'm also afraid of living on my own. The thought of someone in my house scares me of even having my own place; though, I don't want to live with my parents forever.
a guest
one year ago

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Yes. I'm almost 30 and have my driving permit for the umpteenth time but always choke before I can even get to the driving test. I have a reoccuring intrusive thought that I'm going to hit a child. :( I'm determined to get it this time though, because I have way too much to do. It's good to know I'm not the only one.
anonymiss7
one year ago

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I have been driving for years and since starting to have anxiety problems I am more and more scared to drive because every time I'm driving for a while I start to have panic attacks
champmuga
one year ago

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I hate being alone at night...the day isn't so bad and sometimes I want to be alone but having my dog helps. I am also scared to drive. I got my permit at 15. I started learning to drive. Had a panic attack at one point. I managed to drive in my small hometown once, but never got my license. I'm in my late 20's now and still terrified of driving. I hate relying so much on people.
kb4306
one year ago

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I got my permit on my 16th birthday. Driving had never been something that I looked forward to, but I didn't really like it when I started practicing. I had a panic attack while driving when I was 17, and I've been rather terrified by even the though of driving since. I was diagnosed with GAD in December and I just turned 22. For the first time, I'm starting to want to learn how to drive. It still scares me, but I hate that I have to rely on others and take away their time and the use of their car. I don't much like being alone either; I'll be ok for a while, but then I get antsy. I hate being alone at night, I sleep with a bunch of pillows and a couple stuffed animals which help.
penguinater
one year ago

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If you get a little anxiety while driving, crank up the radio or music and sing along. It seriously does help. As far as the staying alone problem, I think this effects everyone who is single (the extent is different for each), I know it does me. I think the worse part is that there is no one there to talk to when things start happening.
LAE
one year ago

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My biggest fear when driving is that the "brain fog" I have will develop into a dizzy spell out of nowhere... I can drive, but I like to keep it short, local things (no more than 15-20 minutes)... I know - something can happen in that time as well - but no one ever said stress/anxiety were logical...
Ryche
one year ago

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Great Advice LAE! Gonna have to try that for sure..
Ryche
one year ago

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I do get anxious about driving somewhere I have not been before or when I have to park somewhere it's not so easy to park, but only very very slightly anxious when I have to drive a familiar route. On the other hand, I have major issues with being alone, especially at night. I live by myself, but I have barely been at home lately. I have had a major relapse recently.
RlndSc
12 months ago

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I don't have any problems being alone, I actually look forward to it. But, the fear of driving is a huge problem in my life! I try not to go anywhere, most the time I'm lucky and only have to drive here in my little town, which is no problem. When I have to get groceries or go to the Dr., I make it for a day that my hubby can drive me. I've had so many anxiety attacks while I was driving, I'm just scared to death to do it.
inkedtexaslady
12 months ago

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I hate being alone! This is when my mind races the most.
inked13
9 months ago

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Yes, I can't drive, but I'm affraid of being alone, even at home. It's got so bad that my brother-inlaw as to work day shifts and my sis works evening so I'm never alone. Somtimes I feel like a burden to them, think that's one of the reasons she as such a bad temper with me.
titchy
2 years ago

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Yes im afraid to drive. I have driven only a few times and I only do it if it is to a place that is local and someone is in the car with me. I have had my license for 4 years.
atlmaine
2 years ago

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i haven't driven since I crashed 7 years ago. I have tried and I shake real badly.
nessa
2 years ago

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I'm scared to drive. I need to learn but I get scared when cars drive past me let alone me driving the car. If a car beeps or anything I jump so I would not be able to cope with that behind the wheel of a car.
a guest
2 years ago

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I was scared of driving when I first started having PA then I realized I never had a PA anytime I drove so it became therapy, I would go for a ride whenever I felt anxious...now I have a CDL and I drive for a living. It's the only job I can handle with my panic disorder. Go Figure! I actually had one while I was at work and I'm still driving. You have to beat this thing, and don't let it beat you. I had and still am having a great deal of struggle with this panic disorder crap but one thing I'm not gonna let it do is take the life out of me. Reading the Bible helped me so much, I recommend it so much for people like me, I don't know what it is and I'm no where near the religious type, but it eases my mind. Good luck and take things slow.
NotSoRosie
one year ago

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i haven't driven for approx. 2 yrs. but i have been afraid to drive after my first panic attack 22 yrs. ago i am afraid to be alone, right now i am just enduring it,and its beyond awful. i know your pain.
bkbkj
2 years ago

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I had a great PA (physician's assistant) in Chico at the clinic there. And I told him about brain fog and driving and he told me something I use whenever I drive. If it starts coming on, place something ice cold (can of soda, ice pack, whatever) on the back of your neck. It will shock the feeling from you! I dont drink soda but I always have one can in the fridge to take with me whenever I drive. If I am driving a distance, I just stop off at a market when needed and buy one.
LAE
one year ago
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