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I have suffered from Anxiety in various degrees over the years just had a bad experience driving on the motorway and now cant do this without feeling not in control and I have to turn off the road. My levels are less if someone is in the car. My work health people can off me Brief therapy not CBT and NHS say the waiting list is long. I feel so stupid this has happened and annoyed with myself for avoiding this and making it a problem. I have suffered from anxiety in various degrees over the years and have just had a bad experience driving on the motorway and now can't do this without feeling not in control and I have to turn off the road. My levels of anxiety are less if someone is in the car. My work health people can offer me brief therapy not CBT. The NHS say the waiting list is long. I feel so stupid that this is happening and I'm annoyed at myself for avoiding this and making it a problem.

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The Answer

We understand from what you have written that you have experienced anxiety in many forms and we can more than understand that following your bad experience with driving, that you are anxious whilst driving on the motorway.

The fact that you are still attempting to drive on motorways is very brave and good. We know that tackling the problem head on is always better than avoiding the situation as avoiding situations often makes it worse.

We would encourage you to keep on driving but in doing so, we would always make sure that you are well rested and attempt to keep calm as possible. We would encourage you to try to do some relaxation or deep breathing before you start driving in order to have you in a calm state of mind whilst you drive.

We would initially encourage you to drive with somebody else in the car, which is what you have been doing, but as your confidence increases, start doing small journeys by yourself. Where you find yourself getting anxious, stop at a safe place, relax and then continue on.

You may also find that taking a brief driving course on motorway driving beneficial.

We also understand that you are looking at other ways of tackling your anxiety and we would encourage you to see your GP as they may be able to refer you to counselling or CBT.

We feel that the way that you are handling things seems to be a start in taking a hold of the situation and working through it - well done as this step is major to your recovery and never think you are silly for feeling this way.

Some sites you may also find helpful are www.nhs.uk and www.mind.org.uk

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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