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Most people my age rush out to get their licenses, I however, could have had it nearly a year ago. I have been struggling from the day i got my permit to get over this fear of driving, but every time i get behind the wheel, or even think about it, i tense up and panic. The lack of control you have while on the road scares the hell out of me, and my parents and friends certainly haven’t been helping with the excessive pressure. I know i’m missing out on alot of things due to my lack of license, and i certainly want to learn how to drive, but I’m so uncomfortable with it. I notoriously do not get along with my parents, and have no one else willing to teach me. Tips? Advice?

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How do you conquer a fear?

I have a fear of driving. I’m 21 years old and I do not have my license. I want to be more independant but I just can’t seem to get myself to get the license. I’m very nervous about driving because I worry about getting into a car accident or getting a ticket. I worry what if I am driving and I go at too fast of a speed and hit the car in front of me. Everything bothers me and it’s not safe to be on the road when you are so nervous. Well what happens is I depend on my parents for rides. My dad goes into work in the morning and brings me in. Well my dad has a slipped disc and artheritis so he is in a lot of pain this morning. He told me to call someone I work with to get a ride but unfortunately they were already at work. So if my dad can’t bring me we have to wait for a another co-worker to come in so that one can leave and pick me up. It’s just too much of a burden on people because I don’t drive.

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Getting over driving fear? =(?

I’m 17 and I am disgustingly afraid of driving a car. I’ve had my permit since I was 16 but I drove for 1 month and just stopped and haven’t drove ever since. I have no real reason accept for the fact one day I just felt over whelmed and stopped.I’m almost 18 and I really need to be able to transport myself because my parents can’t drive me forever. Does anyone have any tips or anything that can free my mind and put me at peace with myself over this.
My biggest worry is not knowing what to do in a certain situation (red light & etc.) and just freezing up.
My biggest worry is not knowing what to do in a certain situation (red light turn & etc.) and just freezing up.
I hate the fact i live in a busy town area and there is always heavy traffic no matter where u go.

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How can I overcome my fear of driving?

Driving has always made me nervous. It started as a teenager. My parents never let me practice when I was first learning. I only drove in parking lots on occasion. When I first started driver’s ed, some kids were absent one day so instead of having me first practice on the range, the teacher had me go out on the main road. I was pretty freaked out. I ended up failing my first driver’s ed road test. My parents then told me I couldn’t get my license until I was 17. A year went by and again I had to take the test without getting to practice first. I barely passed that time. My parents then let me get my license but then they only let me drive with them on side roads at first. They kept telling me I’d get lost and that I wasn’t a good enough driver to drive on the freeway. I didn’t drive on a freeway until I was 19 and my parents got mad when they found out I did.
Anyway, I would get lost a lot and start to have panic attacks while I was driving. I memorized ways to go to certain places, but I wouldn’t drive anywhere unknown.
When I was in my 20s, my alternator went out when I was on the freeway and my car stopped in the middle of the highway. It was one of the scariest experiences of my life. I was almost killed, but a man got out of his car, stopped all traffic, and pushed my car out of the way. I still feel my throat tighten my heart race every time I drive past that spot.
In my late 20s, I was rear-ended and I always get tense now when people follow me too close.
I am now in my early 30s. I still have a fear of getting lost and I have never driven more than 45 minutes from my home. It’s a real problem because I have to rely on other people to take me. I also get nervous when I ride with other people, especially when they follow people too close.
About a year and a half ago I was hit by a man with a suspended license and it totaled my car. I was wearing my seatbelt, so I was okay, but I hit my head really hard. This has made me even more afraid to drive. I avoid driving at all costs now. I only drive myself to work and sometimes to the store right by my house. I get very tense and shaky now when I see people turn out onto the road because I think I’m going to get hit again. I thought I’d get over it, but I haven’t. I keep thinking about that accident. I get so nervous that I make mistakes. I’ve had four traffic citations now and I’ve attended traffic school twice.
I do have a GPS, but I haven’t used it since I got into the bad accident because I’m afraid to look down at it while driving.
What can I do to overcome this fear?

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I am terrified of flying and if my parents didn’t live abroad I wouldn’t bother. I get valium from the doctor and the last time I flew I took 10mg and two glasses of wine, I just want to check that this is safe.

My grandsons are due to be taken abroad on holiday soon and the middle one (7) has expressed to me a fear of flying (maybe to do with things he has seen on the television).
I have told his parents and they say that he will be fine but I want to help prepare him so that he can relax and enjoy his holiday.
Does anyone know of any good books?
Also is it true that the air in an aeroplane is recirculated and what,if any,precautions can be taken so that young children don’t pick up a bug?
Best wishes,
Joan.
Mary – thank you for your answer but I think that the noise would make that worse for him and frighten him further (he is a very sensitive child).
And I certainly wouldn’t want to go to an airport uneccessarily these days – in fact I’ve never been to one yet and don’t intend to!.
I only wish they would stay here or go by boat,train or whatever.
Thank you very much gman818 – I am looking into it and hope I am in time !

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what are these attack things?? anxiety?

i keep getting random attacks that consist of shortness of breath, , headaches and one of my arms shakes. these can last from 5 minutes to 2 hours. I get them while im at school, home , work sport and there is no trigger… that rules out anxiety right?
i get 1-2 a day roughly 3 days a week and they are frightening and feels like i cant regain breath..

any thoughts on what it could be my parents tell me its all phsycological but i cant help getting them!

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How can I overcome the fear of driving?

I’m 15 and I have my permit. At drivers ed. we haven’t gotten into a car yet. My parents are busy a lot with work, but when they do manage to take me, I freak out. I’m scared to get hit, injured, or possibly even die. A car isn’t a toy – lives are at stake. I want to drive, but there’s no way I’ll be able to if I keep living in fear. What are some things that can help me become less afraid of driving?

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What do I do about a fear of driving?

I am a terrified driver who completely lacks self-confidence. To give you an idea of how unconfident I am on the road, I: 1)cry almost every time I get in the car and 2) have had my learner’s permit for nearly two years without trying to get my license. I was never very confident in the car, but I had one bad lesson a year ago that obliterated my conficence. I actually do okay on the roads but I mentally stall when trying to park and am a shaky mess when I am done. Now I am supposed to take my road test next week. My parents had to reschedule it to next week because I wasn’t ready the last time it was scheduled. They would not be keen on rescheduling it again, as it is hard to do with my freshman college year schedule. They are also really tired of chauffering me everywhere. The thought of knowing that I may have to do some driving during the day is enough to make my day a bad one. What do I do?

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im 16 and im going on a school fieldtrip for 1 week. I get really nervous and scared when im not with my parents or people that im comfortable with. I am going to be on a plane and i get attacks when there is crowded areas or just out of no where. Does anyone have advice on how to go on this trip and not get homesick or get a panic attack and want to come home?

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