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I Overcame My Fear of Driving

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    I'm So Close

    I am 23. I don't have my license. I passed drivers Ed at 16 and soon thereafter developed an anxiety disorder. I am planning to go for my license on Tuesday. I have only driven twice in the last 6 years for 20 min and then 40 min. I'm gonna do some cramming this weekend and drive...
    bunnyharriet bunnyharriet 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2011

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    Wolfy14 Wolfy14 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    Slowly Overcoming My Fear Of Driving....still Scared Especially Of The Interstate...

    Well, first off..I have panic attacks, mainly only when I am driving..especially on interstate. I developed panic attacks when I was pregnant with my first child. These attacks were rare and extremely short and actually went away without me even trying to get rid of them. They...
    itsdifficult itsdifficult 22-25, F 2 Responses May 2, 2010

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    Long Time Fear

    Hello, my name is Krista. I am 32 years old and I have never gotten my license. I am so scared to do it. I have had panic and anxiety attacks since I was 12 years old. When I think about driving, I feel sick to my stomach, I shake, I feel dizzy, etc. This fear has kept me from...
    kricky422 kricky422 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2011

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    Finally!!!!

    It took me 8 years, but i finally have a License to drive! I had always had a fear, because i was afraid i was going to get into an accident, i felt like there were too many rules and regulations to remember and i am a generally non-observant person. Still I finally decided that...
    MissVenom MissVenom 22-25, F Dec 20, 2010

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    Fear Of Driving

    I am terrified to drive on the highway but I am determined to overcome the phobia. I will from now on do one exit at the time.
    Vbrennan28 Vbrennan28 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2013

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    Never Reached Out For Help Before

    Wow. I cannot fathom how I got to be 40, have been petrified of driving since I became eligible for a permit and it NEVER occurred to me till last night that there might be some sort of support group out there for people like me. My story is that I think I picked up my fear of...
    mothercary mothercary 36-40 7 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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    Highways

    Ok, so I don't have an all out fear of driving. I drive all the time. LOCALLY. However, I am scared to death to drive on the highway, big roads, and unknown areas. This fear has robbed me of a couple of good jobs because I was afraid to drive to a far away interview. Who...
    missluvlie missluvlie 31-35 1 Response Apr 17, 2009

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    I Saw a Terrible Accident When I Was 17

    It has taken me several years to overcome my Fear (I have a friend who's a practicing Psychologist who calls it an actual "Phobia" - 'cos it affected my life profoundly) of Driving. When I was 17years old, my Boyfriend (now ex) was giving me a lift to work. We were...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F Jul 18, 2009

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    Still Trying

    I had my first anxiety attack Easter weekend, 2007. I was driving to my boyfriend's sister's house, which is an hour away. I was getting off the highway, and the connecting street was horrible. It curved to the left and was built way too high because I could not see the ground at...
    TayterTot TayterTot 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2007

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    I was in an accident a year ago.

    It was after a torrential rain story, my breaks locked, and I couldn't stop in time so I slid forward into the car in front of me. Ever since then, I am PETRIFIED of driving more than 50 mph and hitting the car in front of me. I try to drive on the highways and I have to...
    kep1218 kep1218 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    It'S The Freeways

    So I've had my license for quite some time now but the freeways have always been my downfall. This year my New Years resolution was to overcome my anxiety with driving the freeway. The anxiety isn't completely gone but I can drive on the freeway if I have to now. Usually I have...
    kaymarie8 kaymarie8 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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    The Fear Started and My Progression Ended

    When I was little I always dreamed of having a '65 mustang.  My Dad and I always talked about getting one and fixing it up.  By the time I was 14 I had the interior picked out and the design and everything.  I had planned on getting a job when I was 15 to start...
    JeniLynn JeniLynn 22-25 1 Response Sep 22, 2008

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    It Took Me 2 Years to Get My Liscense

    i was scared. after being in multiple crashes i was just turned off to something that to me seemed so unbelievable dangerous and not worth the risk. i finaly overcame my fear, and i passed my test the second time. i am so happy. i used to make up lies that i didnt feel well cuz i...
    skittlehead skittlehead 18-21 1 Response Sep 20, 2009

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    Retesting At Age 49

    The Driving Test        I've already posted a story about discovering my Driver's License was eight month's expired.  I thought some would be interested in finding out, as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest of the story."       It would be another week before we...
    UncommonChick UncommonChick 51-55, F Apr 26, 2011

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    I Am Not Giving Up!

    I am happy to have found this website and read TayterTots story.....TayterTot,  if you happen to read this,  let me know how you are doing - its been almost a year since you wrote.   Don't give up!  It is scary and frightening, but hang in there...
    lifesabeach31 lifesabeach31 41-45 12 Responses Mar 10, 2008

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    There Is No Holding Me Back

    While i cannot say i am scared of driving. I have had a phobia about highway driving.   I soon found out that you never know what you can do until you are the only one left to do it. There is this convention going on that everyone i know was attending. ...
    persona2010 persona2010 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2010

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    Managing My Fear Of Driving Day To Day

    I’m 24 years old & have had a fear of driving for the past 9 years. Growing up I was involved in quite a few accidents, all of which ended up with the car being totaled & injuries being sustained by one or both parties. It made me realize how easily things can go wrong when you...
    skayes713 skayes713 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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    Not Fear But Reluctance

    I lived in Europe for most of my life and in Paris in particular. There, there's no real incentive to drive a car, it's actually a nuisance more than anything: cost of maintenance and various insurances and taxes, parking, insane traffic, oh yeah and be prepared for one of the...
    KnottyG KnottyG 41-45, M Dec 7, 2010

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    I Only Had My Licence For 2 Years

    I learnt to drive and it was fun ... scary at first but i did like it and the driving instructor makes it even better if you have a good one... I had 2 very good instructors and found they helped me over come the fear of driving really well... but I only had my licence for...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Mar 10, 2011

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    Not A Success Story At The Moment

    I really wish I was like everyone else. People who can just get in their ******* car and function and go where they need to and it's not a problem. It is so embarrassing having this problem. I can barely drive anywhere. My mother mocks me for never driving places and yet she has...
    evanescence121893 evanescence121893 18-21 2 Responses Sep 27, 2013

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    I Used To Have Panic Attacks Every Time I Would Drive.

    I was so afraid and I wasn't able to breathe. The world looked like it was tilting over and I had no perception of where I was on the road. So many times while I was driving I would have to pull over because I would be hyperventilating and in tears. If anyone was in the car with...
    RoastofRump RoastofRump 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2011

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    First Time Driver

    The other day I saw a car crash right in front of my eyes. Although it didn't scar me for life, it made me realize that life is too short and you never know what might happen. Now, yesterday was the first time I ever drove (Since I just got my Learner's Permit) and it was scary...
    Embracingtheinnerhood Embracingtheinnerhood 13-15, F Jul 15, 2012

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    One Big Step Closer !

       I am fed up with myself. I need my freedom and I need it now! I am 46 years old and feel like I have done so much in my life already, this one BIG thing (not driving) holds me prisoner to my former self.    So a couple of weeks ago, I went...
    miasperanza miasperanza 46-50, F 21 Responses May 23, 2009

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    I promised myself that when I felt that I had truly overcame my disorder, that I would share my story with those that are currently suffering Let me give a little background...
    dnicolee dnicolee 18-21, F Sep 2

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    Hey world! Learning to drive and teaching a class of teens. Either might not seem like the biggest deal to most. Learning to drive is as expected a milestone for most American...
    Galatia123 Galatia123 26-30, F Aug 31

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    I don't know when it started, but for as long as I can remember the rush of fear is absolutely irresistible to me. That being said, horror films are a must in my life. I love...
    DacianaNorte DacianaNorte 18-21, F 1 Response 52 mins ago

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    Mom is protective, she tell me everything that could go wrong, I live in fear , I do everything carefully, exhausting, feeling so negative Dad yells at me, his way of telling want...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F Aug 15

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    I want to control my fear not let it control me. My anxiety level is spiking through the roof especially with school starting in a few days. Local school Thirty minutes away and...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F Aug 31

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    Fearing Hypocrisy When a Muslim fears that he may fall into hypocrisy, this indicates that his heart is (spiritually) alive and that he is keen to protect his faith. Ibraaheem...
    sunnasmile sunnasmile 46-50, M a week ago

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    Well I don't wear Driving Gloves but I do wear Black Leather Gloves when driving in the winter I love the feel of them on the steering wheel and the sound of them it gets a better...
    Mkopli Mkopli 31-35, M Aug 15

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    I applied for my provisional licence at 17, had driving lessons and past my driving test first time! ;-)
    queerinthehead queerinthehead 41-45, M Aug 17

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    Whenever I have to sneeze while I am driving my car, I always worry that I will wreck my car. I try to open the window, but I do not have time to do it. Sneezing is also a...
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    Fear of death vs fear of pain? I think reason pepole fear death is often because of the pain that comes along with it rather than actually being dead. All short of terminal...
    gypa gypa 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 21

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    This has been a recent development. I am really not sure if it's right for me to fear this but this is causing unwanted stress in my life. It started last year in December. I had...
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    My love used to ring the bell three times when he came to see me. Ring Ring, Ring. 21 years ago, I wrote: Why aren’t you bringing me poems anymore?? Why am I stuck on the...
    Soossie Soossie 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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    I suffer from Pteronarcophobia (Fear of Flies) In fact, I suffer a fear of most flying insects. However, flies and wasps are by far the worst. When I was a child, I caught a scene...
    Foreigntraveller Foreigntraveller 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've been very emotional lately. Crying on whim and a little more sensitive than usual. I feel this thick fear surrounding me, almost as if it's embracing me, engulfing me and...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I was on a business trip out of town last week and had the chance to do a little shopping. I found a cute pair of Wedge Sandals at Target and purchased them. My flight home was...
    jamie50 jamie50 51-55 3 Responses Aug 17

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    **** the police because texting while driving is awesome
    Karianne6614 Karianne6614 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    People nowadays are OBSESSED with their phones. Gosh, I remember life BEFORE cellphones and texting and we all managed to survive. --gasp-- We used pay phones or had to wait...
    jlynnaz jlynnaz 31-35, F Aug 25

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    Someone on here said "texting while driving is awesome". What the hell? Yeah, real damn awesome, until you crash into a car with a baby in it- hell, with ANYBODY in it. Think about...
    mournwiththemoonandthestars mournwiththemoonandthestars 13-15, F Aug 25

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    I drive a big-rig It gets a little scary driving one in fog. If I don't have to drive it it's ok.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 26

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    I totally was driving my truck in the left lane today not even realizing it til my tattoo artist told me.
    taylor7922 taylor7922 18-21, F Aug 28

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    I love singing inside my car while driving. It's anti stress for me. One time, I was so emotionally down, I was singing inside my car and crying at the same time. Red signal and I...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    It's basically the feeling of being in control. Starting the engine, Hearing it roar to life. Feeling the wheels with your own hands. Shifting the gears. Pumping gas.. Speeding up...
    Listening2us Listening2us 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    What are some of your must play songs while driving?
    PrincessAnnaT PrincessAnnaT 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I have a fear of body odor. I realize it is a strange and irrational fear, but I am terrified of body odor. I take 3 showers a day, always have my lush brand deodorant, and carry...
    MaryLiz94 MaryLiz94 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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    This fear IS normal.. how significant a part it plays out in our lives is very much down to us the individual. However ..if we didn't have this fear, we just wouldn't be human...
    Mmmcherries Mmmcherries 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    I don't fear death, I fear what happens to my loved ones that I leave behind, that I can no longer protect, I've been close to death many times, my heart has actually stopped 2...
    HeadStrongPro HeadStrongPro 16-17, M Aug 19