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Old 02-21-13, 12:23 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Has anybody gotten anybetter?
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Old 04-25-13, 08:18 AM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

This is what keeps me from traveling plus the confusing intersections
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Old 04-26-13, 09:06 AM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

"Theoretically, impulsivity leads to excessive speed and problems disengaging from risky strategic maneuvers which when combined with attention problems lead to late counter measures that would likely transact to magnify risk."

I am very interested in this topic. My son who is also clinically diagnosed ptsd/add is 18 and is too anxious to get his permit. I do not stress him on it. At his age I was so anxious I scared my Dad who tried to teach me to drive. I drove his Lincoln Towncar around the block and ended up on someone's front lawn mistaking the break for gas pedal in an automatic O.o

At 20 - unmedicated- i went out in my mother's '68 vintage mustang to hang out with friends and play backgammon. I can't tolerate alcohol at all, so i didn't drink but what I did end up doing was agreeing to leave with my friend to go to another friends house. That night was a wake up call I didn't heed. I got in the 'stang and Larry got in his VW bug and we headed out. We were in the middle of nowhere - pitch black - and it had rained briefly within the hour.
He passed me and I decided to race him. I'd never had that urge and the impulse was so swift I had no consideration time at all, in hindsight.
I passed him at 100mph and found myself facing a dual lane highway and a stop sign. I only remember saying 'oh ****', breaking, then slow motion....and coming to with Larry pulling me out of the wreckage. I went in and out of consciousness as he took me to the ER. I came to with some nurse making me swallow some pill.
I black out again and I'm at my mothers' front door. She's mad but doesn't say anything in front of Larry.
I black out again and i'm on the beach by her house. She didn't have me put in the hospital. I was never checked out. I was only lucky i didn't hit anyone, had no one else in the car and was far away from Larry so he just witnessed it and had that trauma.
I look back on this as one of the many times I survived death and didn't get Dr care.

If I'd been wearing a seat belt i'd have died instantly.

Point being...not one second of thought from driving legally to racing like Parnelli Jones...and NOW i remember that my mother ( abuser ) always drove recklessly with us and still does to this day....UGH

wow...well...my dad hired a 'professional' driving instructor to get me to licensing cus no one else would dare teach me to drive and that man was the best! He had his own steering wheel and brakes/gas on his side and to this day I love driving and have not been in another race. I'm not clear why i care about others so much cus no one ever cared about me and that's a fact....no pity.

If there's a good driving school and instructor the anxiety is lessened considerably in my mental opinion

lol - forgive - i'm newb/not doing well on meds yadda ya

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Old 05-02-13, 11:36 AM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Everything is so fast pass it just makes it that much more difficult
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Old 11-16-13, 11:19 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

experience and practice is key
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

i had extra driving lessons
but what do i know, i havent driven since 1990!
moved, never renewed license
i love that we dont even have a car.
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I need a car. Wouldn't be able to get to work without one
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

When I get anxious about driving, I have the excessive urination symptom
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I developed terrible driving anxiety after getting into a massive panic cycle with a 4 hour drive in front of me, just me and kids in car so no help..It took me about 12 hours to get back trying to avoid motorways.

After that I would only drive around town and couldn't even to drive get my kids from school 20 miles away. I got the bus everyday for months, which added a couple of hours to that trip. I even then got into a massive panic one day when my sister was driving a long distance home, was fine on way there, and spent that long journey completely panic stricken...?

I ended up getting some CBT/mindfulness therapy and upped my sertraline and managed with a lot of courage driving further again. Started off taking back routes and avoiding faster roads as much as possible, and finally got back to driving the main road.

I won't drive on motorways anymore and still hate driving but can now 'get by'. I never liked driving that much, but since the panic incident I just except I don't like it but can manage if necessary. In theory the more you do the easier it should get, I don't buy this as I still get anxious now and with age it appears to be getting worse.

If I go fast I feel like I'll lose control...I am fine driving on slow roads.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I was told that if you give in to your anxiety it will be worse next time. The best thing to do is fight your way through it
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Hi Excel,

Agreed re: giving into anxiety.

However, in my personal experience, mine has got so bad at times that basically I am a jibbering wreck.

Like the time I had the long drive home and it took me 12 hours instead of 4 hours. I had no choice but stick at it. This didn't improve the 'panic' and led to me not driving for a long while after.

My anxiety has led me to getting in this state about other things in my life and feeling completely insane. I seem unable to get the thought out of my head causing the anxiety, and it just escalates??

There is a company in the UK which specialise in driving anxiety, they take you out driving and work through your anxieities as you face them. This sounds like a very beneficial approach.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

^ +1.

It might help to have someone sit beside you to talk to, so you can talk out any concerns.

In my experience, the best way to get over driving nerves is practice. Lots of practice.

With practice comes familiarity and confidence.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

That is very true! Anything to take your thoughts off your fears is good
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A gps unit helps relieve these issues, and eases the anxiety.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I think so. I have always had driving anxiety and it's definitely worse when I am unfamiliar with the area and the roads. I don't do well with sudden lane shanges or merging so I like to always be in the correct lane well in advance.
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