Scared to drive, because of a previous rollover. Panic attacks.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Scaredsparkles, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. supergreatguy

    supergreatguy Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2020
    Check out the natural medicine (ashwaganda) or (rescue remedy). Works really well for my wife’s anxiety. It’s safe, natural, and works imo.

    Keep your windows/mirrors clean, helps a lot with keeping anxiety from triggering visually for me. Cold water and a cooler of ice to dip your hand in to quickly make your brain retrace from a present *feeling*

    If you drink coffee, just have enough to keep the headache away, dont overdue it.

    good sleep, and stretch

    Gl driver
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  3. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Heavy Load Member

    Jul 29, 2015
    Best advice ever. Stay mentally tough. When you start feeling weak and feel sorry for yourself, you’ll never get over it. You can cry to a therapist or a group meetings. It only makes you more weak. Tough love works pretty good. You’re a man, pull yourself together and get back to work. No more complaining.

    The older generation just got the job done even through difficulties. We can all learn from them. See you on the road driver.
  4. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    Two thoughts for you.

    In Dec. 1987, I was 18, I was sideswiped coming home from my girlfriends house, two lane road, on a curve under a narrow bridge by a drunk driver, I lost control of the car and slid sideways almost hitting three high pressure gas lines (had I hit them, I and the surrounding 300 yds would have been vaporized in the explosion I later learned). It took two weeks before I was willing to get behind the wheel, for the first 6 months after the crash, I refused to drive that road, my refusal actually caused her and I to break up, one afternoon, my Dad and I were running an errand, intentionally he took that road, pulled over and stopped, gave me a choice, drive it or walk home (15 miles). I drove it, but I was noticeably sweating and nervous, took 10 yrs to get over it. 3 yrs ago I drove that road for the first time in over 20 yrs, and yes when I saw that spot (it hasn't changed in 34 yrs) I did tense a little.

    I'd only been driving tractor trailers 10 months when I was blown over on I-25 in Colo., fortunately, it wasn't a full blow over, the wind ripped the container off the chassis and blew me into the ditch. That was in 1997, guess what, the wind still makes me nervous, I will still park it at times when others won't, it's one of those things you never fully get over, all you can do is move on.

    But, if the situation is such that it causes panic attacks, I would really strongly advise you meet with a professional, it's one of those things that until you have a chance to talk it out, it will keep getting worse, not better, and don't take the drugs they offer you, once you get hooked, it's incredibly difficult to get back off them.
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