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Old 10-31-2005, 01:22 AM   #1
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Talking Agoraphobia making me scared to drive

I've been Agoraphobic for many years now. It started shortly after getting married. I wasn't able to leave the house for several months. It got better and now it's worse again. Several times lately I've had a horrible panic attack while driving. I felt like I was going to faint at the wheel. It scared me to death. I know that I have to force myself to drive or I'll end up housebound again. I take a 0.25 mg. Xanax before leaving the house, but lately it's not helping. I can feel relaxed when I leave, but if I'm stopped at a long traffic light or in the left turn lane, I feel trapped and start to freak out. The other day, I had to take a 2nd Xanax in order to get to my DDS appt. I got through the appt. OK. I'm not sure if my Dr. will increase my Xanax dose, if I ask him. He's very conservative with medication. I had gone to a shrink in my area about a yr. ago and he refused to prescribe Xanax, only anti-depressants. He said he wouldn't treat me unless I took anti-depressants. I never bothered to see him again b/c he talked down to me. I've read that taking Xanax is perfectly safe even at 10 mgs. a day. I don't think I need anywhere near that much, but how do I find a Psychiatrist who will prescribe Xanax for me? Before seeing a Psychiatrist, I have to get approval from our insurance co. Does anyone have any advice for me? Thanks in advance.