Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Do I Have Panic Attacks When I Drive?

By    |   Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 10:21 AM

Question: I recently started suffering panic attacks. They seem to happen most often when I am driving. Does this mean I will constantly be this way and may even have a disorder that should be treated?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Panic attacks that are limited to certain settings are eminently treatable by cognitive behavioral therapy.

You should consult a psychiatrist experienced in CBT techniques (not many are), and in the meantime, see your primary-care physician for some preventive management until you have a good handle on controlling this without prescription drugs.

Inderal works very well for mild situation-induced stage fright and may be worth a try before using tranquilizers that may affect your ability to drive. Some antidepressants, such as Lexapro have excellent anxiety-relieving effects without the sedation seen with Valium or Xanax.

If your symptoms are concerning enough for you to ask about treatment, they are indeed worth treating.

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