Although I have driven on interstates since receiving my license - almost 40 years ago - I am developing terrible anxiety about driving on interstates. It is truly starting to impact my life.
It has been brewing for a couple of years, but was always manageable. Now, I am basically unable to get on the interstate without major panic and then I exit quickly.
Nothing has happened to bring this on such as an accident or witnessing something scary.
I have had increased general anxiety for the last year and also health anxiety. Perhaps this is the culmination?
If I am talking on the phone, it seems much better - as ironic as that seems. Doing something to distract me makes me feel safter. But, always talking is not possible. Long trips, early morning,etc. It is somewhat better with another adult in car. But not great.
I have to get a handle on this. I am facing a move and the thought of not being able to get around is terrifying to me.
It almost seems to have something to do with my eyes - like I don't know where to look or focus with all the visual stimulation of the freeway. It is as if my eyes want to close. My eyes seem fine - although perhaps a bit light sensitive. So, I don't think it is really a physical problem. I just don't know!!!
I have tried bach rememedies, etc. I would almost consider going on meds if it meant I can drive again.
It is mainly the interstate although sometimes I get nervous on windy two lane roads. Night driving is difficult for me due to light sensivity - although I am ok in familar areas.
I don't want to simply cope with the panic. I want to feel like myself with driving again!!!
If anyone has solved such a problems, please respond. I have seen programs one can purchase for driving anxiety - etc. I can see a cognitive behavior therapist - she says she can help, but wants to push meds.
I truly want to understand what is going on and hopefully solve this. As I said, I have driven in crazy traffic on busy interstates my whole like without a problem.
I don't think it is simply having children in the back seat. I used to be fine. My son is starting to notice and comment and I feel awful when a one hour trip takes us three on the back roads.
Thanks in advance for any replies. This is weighing heavily on me.