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#1 Luna_

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 03:28 AM

After recently becoming 70% recovered, a very very stressful few days have brought it back with a vengeance. It never really disappeared , but it's very frightening. Im back to having anxiety all day, and having panic attacks daily.

I'm moving home tomorrow and I'm having to drive an hour and a half to meet my aunt, who is ever so kindly driving 4 hours to meet me so I don't have to drive the 5.5 hours to get home .
Having DP/dr, my anxiety heightens while driving. I think a lot while driving, and this makes the symptoms veeeerrryy bothersome. I'll be alone, and I know I can do it. I just fear a possible panic attack, or be debilitated by my thoughts and have to pull over.

Is there any tips that you guys may have that could help? I'm excited to get to the destination, so that helps I think. I just wish that I could think less of these things. After almost fully recovering, you'd think I could get myself back out of it, but it's hard. It's like I'm back at square one .

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 09:51 PM

Imaginei you are 150 miles away from home, you have a motorcycle and a backpack, its late night almost 1 in the morning, you are alone in a highway, 100 miles per hour when suddenly you start panicking with no reason, you have a tunnel vision your hands start to sweat your heart is jumping more than ever the reality lose all sense for some minutes, and you are there, alo ne in a dark highway, this was me like a month ago, if i managed to get home alive after that you can do it too. Keep in mind that no manter how yerryfing the feeling is, is just a feeling you will not get out from the reality ou wont die, you will just háve to calm yourself down again, you are antescipating a fear, this is what anxiety looks like, chill, put some music try to actually enjoy the trip not fearing every meter, you cant do much more than this, if you really have to drive this amount, be brave and do it. (Dont forget to relate how it worked)

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:35 PM

I almost cut the tip of my finger off cooking, so really be careful.

 

Are you saying that the thoughts and sensations creep up on you while driving? Do they creep up on you while sitting in silence, or any similar situation?



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:20 PM

I almost cut the tip of my finger off cooking, so really be careful.

 

Are you saying that the thoughts and sensations creep up on you while driving? Do they creep up on you while sitting in silence, or any similar situation?

Yeah they seem to creep up on me. ill suddenly experience thoughts that produce nauseating and panicky feelings. existential, reality checking. sort of "is this really happening?" sort of thing. the extra time gives my mind the opportunity to throw everything at me. I did make the drive! Had a few struggles, but i overcame it. I couldn't believe it. 20 minutes into the drive, i was like  "good lord this is gonna be intense" so i played some music, sang along and I tried to focus on how happy i would be when i got home. it worked!



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:22 PM

Imaginei you are 150 miles away from home, you have a motorcycle and a backpack, its late night almost 1 in the morning, you are alone in a highway, 100 miles per hour when suddenly you start panicking with no reason, you have a tunnel vision your hands start to sweat your heart is jumping more than ever the reality lose all sense for some minutes, and you are there, alo ne in a dark highway, this was me like a month ago, if i managed to get home alive after that you can do it too. Keep in mind that no manter how yerryfing the feeling is, is just a feeling you will not get out from the reality ou wont die, you will just háve to calm yourself down again, you are antescipating a fear, this is what anxiety looks like, chill, put some music try to actually enjoy the trip not fearing every meter, you cant do much more than this, if you really have to drive this amount, be brave and do it. (Dont forget to relate how it worked)

im so sorry that you experienced that. i experienced a similar situation. except it was 10 at night and i wasnt on a highway. 

and i did it. i was brave. thank you for replying :)







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