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Anxiety driving in snow/ice

Hi,

I suffer from extreme panic when I have to drive in snow/ice situations. Does anyone out there deal with this anxiety? If so how do you deal with it? I really don't want to take any kind of medication as it doesn't happen on a daily basis.

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Anxiety can take many forms and has many causes.  Have you always been nervous driving in these conditions...I know many people are.  As with any source of anxiety, coping with it involves learning about it and confronting it.  In my opinion the best way to do this, when it starts to become a problem, seek counseling.  You would be amazed how much you can learn about the root of your worrying by talking it over with a professional...keep us posted!
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I understand that anxiety has many causes and can manifest itself in many ways. When I was younger, I wasn't afraid to drive in the snow. In 1988 I was in a car accident and we hit a telephone pole. We had slid on wet leaves and gravel. It took me months to drive after that and when I did drive I always felt like I was being pulled off the road. Once I even had a panic attack when a tractor-trailer passed me and I had to pull off the road. I can drive in most situations now but it seems, as I get older the fear of winter driving gets worse. I know why I feel the way I do; it is the fear of ‘being out of control’. When I know there is something between my tires and the road that can cause me to slide I get the ‘panicky’ feeling. I have been in counseling for depression (because my son was addicted to heroin) and the subject of driving in the snow/ice was addressed but not to the point that I am over it. My problem is I ‘beat’ myself up about it and feel weak when it comes to winter driving.

Thank you for replying and have a nice Thanksgiving!
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I have suffered with the same fear as you, but there is no underlying reason for it.  When I was a kid I used to enjoy driving in snow and ice.  Doing 360's down the freeway and seeing who could go the farthest was a normal thing in winter.  Now, even if I feel the car slide just a bit I freak out.  I have even jumped out of moving cars because I could swear I was going to die.  My husband and I will have big fights because I refuse to travel when it is snowing.  We live in N. E. Ohio where a good winter is when we get 100 inches of snow, and a bad one is where the lake affect doesn't stop snowing for 2+ months.  Unfortunately, the later is the norm.  I have tried all kind of things to get over this, counseling, drugs, and even facing it.  Unfortunately, though, nothing curves the feeling that I am going to die, nausea, shaking, heart problems, etc.  For 15 yrs I have tried to deal with it and even have gone so far as to quit working because of the travel.  I have recently changed Dr. and I am hoping this one will have some new ideas.  I am currently taking a drug called Venlafaxine. it helped some last winter but it was still hard to deal with.  You know it is kind of funny when you tell people that you have a phobia of driving and being driven in snow but yet I love its beauty, they always look at me like I am lying.  Then they ask why am I still living here.  It is nice to know that I am not the only one out there who is afraid of this.  As stupid as it sounds, it is a real fear for us, even if the world says it is not normal.  It is our life and our fear that cripples us.  I hope you can find a way to deal with it but I have yet to find  one.  Good Luck and be safe.
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I only have this anxiety in the winter and when the weather is bad.  This fear is absolutely debilitating and I feel like an idiot.  I was supposed to go to a dinner with my husband tonight and I just couldn't go.....it has been snowing all day today with 50+km/hr winds and another 8 cms of snow still expected.  The thought of travelling in that on the highway for 1/2 an hour each way has made me completely sick to my stomach; my back aches, I have been crying for 4 hours now.  He still went with another friend of ours, but I feel so terrible and guilty for not going.  I am so sick of feeling this way, but can't seem to shake the fear at all.
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I only have this anxiety in the winter and when the weather is bad.  This fear is absolutely debilitating and I feel like an idiot.  I was supposed to go to a dinner with my husband tonight and I just couldn't go.....it has been snowing all day today with 50+km/hr winds and another 8 cms of snow still expected.  The thought of travelling in that on the highway for 1/2 an hour each way has made me completely sick to my stomach; my back aches, I have been crying for 4 hours now.  He still went with another friend of ours, but I feel so terrible and guilty for not going.  I am so sick of feeling this way, but can't seem to shake the fear at all.
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I have the same problem i was in a wreck and that is what caused my anxiety of winter not sure what to do either When I try to drive whether it a little bit of snow or allot I freeze up my legs tingle and start shaking out of control . I wish I had some advice but don't.  I am on meds and they still don't help when driving in snow.

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Hi, I thought I was the only one who felt this way:(  .. I mean its 12 am and I'm still awake crying because its supposed to snow, I don't even drive!!!! Wtf is wrong with me ??? I can't stand the thoughts in my mind and no matter how hard I try my brain won't shut up!!!! It's absolutely paralyzing to know that I ( and my fiancée) will have to go out in the snow , the worst part is  when I think about crashing  its not just crash and the car is broken its more like you crash and your dead /no exceptions.. And I'm not afraid of dying ... That's the really stupid part !!! I'm afraid that my fiancée will die and there ill be , alone and sad !!! The feeling is like I'm mourning him,like I'm waiting for the inevitable doom to come .. Like my life is going good , so something is going to go wrong!! I feel absolutely stupid  for thinking this ( never mind typing it)   I just don't no how to cope..I'm only 24 and I can't do another year like this...
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Hi there pinkjohnson. I too have been in an accident many years ago when icy conditions on the road caused me to rear end a family in a van. Everyone suffered from whiplash and my insurance covered everyone in the accident. I wasn't charged with anything because the woman driving the van suddenly stopped in front of me to put her car in a lower gear when I suddenly hit her. I also had another incident where I swerved all over the road during icy conditions. Since then, I have had a phobia of getting hurt or hurting someone else while driving in the snow or icy conditions. I cannot hold down a steady job because of this. I'm 52 years-old now and the older I get the more anxious I become about driving under these conditions. I feel your pain and know that this is a very debilitating phobia. Hang in there and don't let anyone make you think your crazy. Maybe this is a type of protection for us. Who knows. I don't think any amount of therapy or drugs will help me with this.
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