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Driving Phobia please help
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Driving Phobia please help

I'm new to this site but I'm desperate for help. I'm 19 years old (female) if that even matters. My mom has a severe phobia of driving so I guess that's where I get it from. I never really had a problem until a year ago. I got kicked out & needed a car so I used the last of my $$ to buy my dream car. I truly love it. Id never driven at this point. I tried to drive it that night & almost crashed. I had a panicked attack behind the wheel & lost control. I have terrible anxiety with most things, & I've suffered from depression for years. I've always been on meds but now living alone (on minimum wage) I can't exactly afford it. I've never driven my car since then. I drove a friends car once, I asked him to help me & he agreed. I cried & had a panicked attack but in the end I actually drove fine. I want to drive SOOO badly. I walk past my beautiful car every day, then walk almost an hour to work. I can't do ir anymore. But every time I get behind the wheel I just can't do it...I get in, turn it on, put it in drive....& then idk I just panic. I start crying & I cabt breathe I feel light headed & ugh...I can't do this anymore. I have no friends or family & I can't keep walking everywhere in TX weather & distances. I feel so stupid & pathetic but no matter who I ask I'm alone. I seriously need help, I'm beyond desperate. Idk whatvelse to do...please...anyone?
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I've had a phobia of driving since I was a kid.  I did learn and I did get a license, but my anxiety never went away.  I take public transport now, because the sweating and the terror just never improved.

folks say that cognitive therapy helps.  not for me. get a disabled pass and take public.  this is what I do.
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