Hi. I have had a difficult life starting in my college years. I am now 77. It's been a long road, but I have had many blessings for which I am grateful. I have a question for you. Was there an incident that started your anxiety attacks? I never understood anxiety attacks until recently. Something happened with a close friend that very much upset me. It's a long story, so I won't go into it now. But I'm curious. Was there an incident that set you off?
If you have this much anxiety the therapy didn't really work. Is this the only phobia you have, or do you have other things you have also become anxious about doing? If it's the one phobia, CBT therapy should fix it. It won't happen super quick, but it should work. Other types of therapy can help as well, especially if there's some issue that was going on that triggered this anxiety. But what you are describing is a phobia, and the fact you keep driving is good. But CBT if it works for you will train you. Things that a good therapist for anxiety can teach you are breathing exercises. You can learn meditation which can calm your system. If it's just the one phobia, you can probably fix it without medication, but if you get to a point where you just can't function meds might become necessary to stabilize you. But the key is, it takes work to beat this. There's no guarantee, but it isn't going to get fixed by chatting with a therapist. It can make you feel better temporarily, but what you really need is to learn tools that help you beat it.