Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder where one has a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Discuss topics including social phobias, claustrophobia and treatment options.
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?
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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