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    Old 09-16-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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    Anxiety at the traffic lights

    Hi all im sure people have suffered this before. When im at traffic lights (especially turning right or right at the front) my anxiety comes on (tight throat, vertigo type head etc) does anyone have any ideas how to cope with it? ive been driving for 17 years and am trying not to let this put me off.

     
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    Old 09-16-2008, 02:08 PM   #2
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    Is this the only area you have anxiety? If so, can you isolate what makes you anxious at this time?

     
    Old 09-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #3
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    From my therapist this is extremely normal if you are at all agoraphobic (my panic disorder turned into that). Only recommendation I can give is to experience it over and over and over and over until it becomes boring. You have to almost seek it out intentionally. The other trick (kid you not) is to attempt to give yourself a panic attack during the experience but stop just short (this takes some practice). Advice for controlled anxiety is to search some video sites for stoplights. I was stunned at what I could find for all sorts of my triggers. You can simulate all sorts of anxiety experiences.

    I hated that feeling at stoplights because in a sense I felt "trapped". But then again by the time I sought help just about everything gave me anxiety.

    Your condition may be different than mine and keep in mind I'm both medicated and in therapy from an axiety specialist. I couldn't handle it on my own as mine had spiralled out of control.

    Best wishes to you!

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    your not alone. I think its the fear of being stuck there while you are not feeling well. I hate when that happens myself. I have issues with driving. Not all the time, but surely i do. I wish there was a off button in my head sometimes. I do know its really hard to stop it once it comes on. I would say just to take it a day a t a time. Not sure its agoraphobia like noted above,. I think its getting ill and the fear no one will care. I dont know the name for that one. Dont give up yourself..it does wean itself.

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    hi both. If you can believe it my sinus's brought this on. I was in my car one day (before panic attacks came on) i was at the lights and felt my head congesting. Now i dont know if you know the symptoms but when your head congests it can feel like you are going to feint, this then brought on the anxiety. 3 panik attacks in a short period of time meant i had to get help and was put on propronolol 1 x40mg a day. The experience i described earlier were infact while i was on the beta-blocker, symptoms like spinny head, wanting to get out the car etc, but didnt have a full blown attack. Im still jumping in my car daily although wont go far, especially on my own. This is a real nasty condition to have isn't it.

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 01:07 PM   #6
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    I get severe anxiety going over freeway bridges. Sometimes I will freak out and cry, or if i am driving I have the urge to stop while I am up there, and walk off. I went in an elevator in Los Angeles, and when it stopped at the top floor, I almost had to get out and walk down the stairs. That big glass building with a few towers they film movies at.
    The car thing really frightens the heck out of me so I just avoid them. One time my husband got a touch of road rage up there with a big truck and I thought my life was OVER~~~~ anyway, I am sure there is therapy for us. good luck.

     
    Old 09-17-2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    Richard....Oh how I can identify with you.

    My very first panic attack started when I was on beta-blockers. Dizziness. Confusion, etc.

    The sad thing is that even once the beta-blockers were gone my brain had already made all the subtle interconnections on anxiety and I was like you and only wanted to stay at home and/or not venture far. Continued to snow-ball out of control.

    That's no way to live. Talk to your doctor about anxiety disorders.

     
    Old 01-21-2009, 09:54 AM   #8
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    life altering. I am trying so hard to move past it. Sooo hard.I have good days though. I just know when I am sick...to be patient with my self. It is hard...Iam not goin to cave into it...keep trying and literally telling myself i can do it and i am fine over and over again. Sometimes i play classical music in the car as well.

     
    Old 01-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #9
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    Re: Anxiety at the traffic lights

    I have problems when I'm stuck at a long traffic light or when I have to wait a few minutes to make a left turn at a busy intersection. I have to keep telling myself that I'll be OK; that I've been able to do this before. I'm agoraphobic too. I take Lexapro now and Xanax once or twice a day. I haven't been able to drive on the freeway for a long time though and wish I could do that so I wouldn't be so dependent on my husband. Even being on the freeway with someone else driving scares me though. I don't really know why.

     
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