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Posted by: ROADPHOBIA | 2007/04/18

CS - ANXIETY ON ROAD

Hi CS, can you please give me a few tips on what I can do.
I have been living with major depression, with psychosis, anxiety and OCD for 3 years and most of the time when I am on the road I experience heavy anxiety or get into a state of fear. I am able to cope with the road a little bit better now, but it is very stressful, and I am not talking about sitting in traffic or long trips. Unfamiliar places especially makes me jitter. What can I do because I really would like to go to new places and have holiday's, but because of fear I am stuck in only familiar places and do not want to go anywhere.

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That must be awfully unpleasant. What's not clear to me from your message is whether you have had any proper reatment for thee overlapping and inconvenient conditions, the Depression, Anxity /OCD ? Proper CBTcounselling plus carefully chosen medication should be able to help considerably. CBT is especially suitable for focussed fears ( like phobias ) including your discomfort in relation to travel / roads --- and can help you to fairly quickly regain control of such situations and your responses to them.

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