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Could someone give me some input?
willowsmommy25 posted:
Good evening! I am a 30 year old wife and mother. I used to come on here a few years ago but it's been a while. Matter of fact I actually got better for about a year and a half through much prayer and fasting. Meds didn't seem to really work for me. Now here I am again facing the same problem...anxiety and panic attacks ESPECIALLY when I drive. It seems to be worse towards the end of the day? And the problem is I commute about 40 minutes so it's really not idea for me lol. My heart starts racing and sometimes can hit 165 which scares the mess out of me. I KNOW it's a panic attack but I stress all day about the drive home or at night about the drive to work. I almost think I work myself into one thinking about it and checking it ALL THE TIME. Is there anyone else out there going through this and if so is there anyone that can give me some tips? I know the general stuff as I have dealt with this since the age of 12. I do have an appt w/ behavioral medicine this Wednesday but I DREAD the ride and even the appt. Thank you all for your input! God bless!
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
You have been dealing with this for a long time and I'm sure that, as you said, you've tried a number of things to help yourself. I think you're also correct in that your constant concern that you will have a panic attack while driving is really bringing on the attack because it's keeping you in a high state of stress and anticipation.

I'm hopeful that other people on this board will offer some recommendations of things that have helped them and that some things which we have in our Tips column may help you. I'm thinking specifically about two things; the relaxation breathing video tutorial and the video we have on self-talk. I would suggest that you try both of these and that you also bookmark my relaxation beach scene on my YouTube channel (drpat22) so that you can also use this visualization technique to help calm you.

I do hope that this is helpful and that you are able to help yourself to relax a bit more and to drive without having a panic attack.

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