I was somewhat surprised to see so many people responded to the post on driving anxiety.
I have suffered with depression and anxiety for most of my adult life even when I didn't have the official diagnosis.
I never have really enjoyed driving. I am originally from West Virginia but moved to Michigan when I married. I always hated to drive around all the curves when we would travel to WV to visit. It got to the point that I would drive until we got to the WV state line and then my husband would take over.
My driving anxiety began one morning of a trip down south where I took the first "leg" of the trip and the plan was for me to drive until we stopped for breakfast. My husband and kids were sleep in the car and I was fine until I came to a bend of the road where there were no longer lights on the highway. It was pitch black and I became disoriented and had a major panic attack.
Since it was so early in the morning there were not many cars on the road and I basically stopped the car in the middle of the highway. I had to wake up my husband to help me get the car over to the side of the road. I was unable to help drive for the remainder of this trip (to Atlanta then Orlando). So it was a very long trip with only my husband to drive there and all the way home.
Every time I tried to help drive on a long family trip I would experience a panic attack. This initial episode was in 2000 and I still suffer from this today. While I am able to drive locally, in my established routes, I am unable to drive when we are out of town on vacation.
In other ways I am a very independent person, but I am dependent upon my husband for driving. I have tried various treatments (behavioral and medical) which has resulted in little improvement.
My basic reason for writing was to let readers know are many reasons that seniors do not drive and a safety course will not always help.
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