Panic Attack while driving on the freeway
Hello, I am new to this site. I had my first panic attack while driving on the freeway over 8 years ago. It really freaked me out because I was in the fast lane and I knew I had to get over to the exit. I thought I was going to pass out while attempting to get over and that I would crash into another car. (Look at all of the "what ifs") I made it safely to the exit but I never felt quite safe driving on the freeway after that. I attempted to drive on it a few times, but began to feel light headed and anxious. So now I just drive on the surface streets whenever I have somewhere local to go such as work and taking my kids to school. If I have somewhere to go that requires to travel on the freeway I go with a friend, relative, or my partner. Only a few people know about this because I find it soooo embarassing. I am successful in so many areas of my life and having this problem makes me feel handicapped and ashamed. I really want to overcome this, but I am afraid that while driving on the freeway with my kids I may have a panic attack and crash and kill everyone....Is it possible to cure this? I miss driving long distances on the freeway.