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4/21/13 1:38 A

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I too have driving anxiety. A few minor fender benders & speeding tickets. I have not driven in ten years and do not miss it ~ the fear and anxiety part. Now I live close enough to a shopping center, movie cinema, hair cut salon, my bank and restaurants that I can easily walk to. I am on medications that can cause drowsiness so I am safer not driving. Also I know a driver who takes me for longer drives, a lot cheaper than owning a car and car maintenance and he is a quality driver. I also have a friend for big orders at Walmart twice a month. I have learned to cope without driving.

I hope you can get over your fears and anxiety with driving. I wish I could but as I wrote have found other means of transportation.

By the way welcome back. I just came back this January after a four month hiatus on SP.

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4/20/13 7:51 P

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Thanks! I seem to do better once I'm driving for a while, it's the first 15-20 minutes that I'm just really freaked out, and I make stupid mistakes. And then once I make one mistake I just keep thinking about it and I keep making them until I can calm down. I usually go out driving with my sister, it was my dad before that...but, he yells and freaks out too much and it make me feel like I'm going to kill us.

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4/20/13 9:27 A

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Hi! emoticon back! I'm so glad your social anxiety is better. That is a major victory. I'm sorry about the difficulty you are having with driving. Driving is stressful. About 13 years ago I quit driving for over a year because of panic and anxiety. The right med combo and slowly getting behind the wheel in small increments is what helped me get back on the road. By small increments I mean just a drive to the store less than 2 or 3 miles down the road. Also practiced driving during times when traffic was less. I definitely avoided rush hour traffic. Just don't beat yourself up and don't give up trying. You can and will be able to do this. Is there anyone you trust to be with you while you are driving that can help lower your anxiety? Try deep breathing and relaxation exercises before getting behind the wheel. Listen to your fave music. Like I said before don't give up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Cynthia

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4/20/13 9:07 A

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4/19/13 7:19 P

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I first made an account on here last year...but, I just wasn't able to stick with it. Now, I'm back. I haven't gained any more weight, but I haven't lost any either lol. I have been drinking mostly water the past week and exercising, though. And I have to say, my stress level has gone down so much. The world just kind of seems brighter instead of hopeless and I have more energy to do things. My social anxiety has gotten a lot better since I was last on here. I got a new job and learned that it doesn't really matter if people think I'm stupid, as long as I know I'm not...and that I probably won't see most of the customers again haha. I'm still having a huge problem with driving anxiety. I've been trying to get my license for about 4 years now. I took the test a couple months ago and failed. That kind of demolished any confidence I had in driving, and I haven't driven since =/. I just don't really know what to do to get myself to relax and not start to panic when I think about getting behind the wheel. Any ideas?

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