I'm sorry your family is dismissing it as paranoia. I can only imagine how frustrating and invalidating that must feel. It very well could be that you are suffering from PTSD. I think being in a traumatic accident is plenty reason to have anxiety of driving. However, since the anxiety is getting in the way & controlling you, I think you are very wise to seek out a therapist.
You are definitely not alone. I hope you will jump into the threads here and get to some of the team! We have so many kind and compassionate members. Let us know how we can help you.
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to the team. WE are glad that you have joined us. I had some of the same issues and decided to stop driving but I had other heath issues also that made it a good idea so I am not suggesting that to you quit just that I understand. It is a great idea to contact a therapist who can help you go back and deal with the accident and the issues that developed related to it. You may have some post traumatic stress concerning the accident. Please feel free to stop by and chat with us. We are all dealing with Anxiety issues and maybe we can all help each other. Nola
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Hi everyone, I've been a member of sparkpeople for a while but haven't really been following anything. It's gotten to the point where my anxiety is controlling my life. We just got our first snowfall here in Minnesota, and I had a nervous breakdown about it yesterday. Last year I was in a traumatic car accident due to ice on the highway. I've been hit two other times in the last year, and I've developed a serious driving anxiety problem as a result of this. I need to drive for my job and I've felt sick all year at the thought of the first day of snow.. and it came yesterday. I'm going to try to get an appointment to see a therapist (I'm not currently seeing anyone), because I think my anxiety has reached the point that it's controlling my life. I have a gym membership but I can't even bring myself to go because I have to drive past where my accident in winter was last year on the way there. I don't know what to do besides find someone who will talk to me about it? My family dismiss my anxiety as paranoia and tell me to get over it. Any suggestions?
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