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Driving phobia... not going away

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kutusov

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Hi, new member here. Sharing what I'm going though and looking for thoughs or suggestions.

I sudenly stoped to be able to drive 4 years ago. I had been avoiding motorways since maybe 7 years ago but other roads were fine. I wasn't involved in any accident and I've checked every physical etiologies... it's a mental thing.

I'm highly dependent on a car since I've moved (after the onset of the driving phobia) to a region which is almost rural. Luckily there's Uber but I need to get back to driving. Currently I'm:

- Doing CBT exposure therapy, driving with a therapist for over an year... very little improvements and I can't drive as nearly as long without her by my side.

- Mindfulness stress reduction something or other. Seems silly, takes time, doing it but no change.

- Psychoanalytic therapy. Makes me feel better and important for other issues, no improvements on the driving front.

- Medication... tried God knows how many. Staying with the ones with less adverse effects, no improvement.

- Went to most medical specialities just to make sure it's not something organic. Nothing found, what was found and dealt didn't help.

Is this it, no autonomy for me? Thoughts welcomed!
 
calypso

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Hiya

I'm not much use as I also am developing a driving phobia and need to drive where I live. Its become more and more scary and I seem to panic that I will have an accident even on short journeys. I totally sympathise with your predicament. I also haven't had an accident. I've taken to driving too slowly too to make sure I don't make a mistake. Its driving all people behind me mad. I'm afraid I don't have an answer but you are not alone!
 
Passionflower

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I haven't got a solution, but I am terrified of driving and avoid it when at all possible.I onlt drive short journeys on country roads.So at least you know you are not alone as calypso said.
 
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kutusov

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I should add that when this started, it was so sudden and strong that even walking was hard. I would sometimes feel like the sidewalk was a deck of a boat rocking during a storm. At least that went away but I used to love to drive, it was even my safe space so to speak. I would go on a drive if I needed the time and space to think and just relax. It's the damnedest thing!
 
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