I went to my doc the other day for some other stuff, and asked for something to get me through the inevitable PANIC ATTACK when driving over REALLY HIGH BRIDGES. We are heading to the beach in a few week, where we spend the summer, and I will have to drive myself over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, UGGHHHHH. Then, I want to drive down and join my sister and her husband in Myrtle Beach, and will have to drive over the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge-Tunnel, UGGGHHH. I can't do it. But I want to. I have done them both MANY times, but my fear has been getting worse over the years, and last year, I froze, just at the bridge and couldn't drive over for 1 1/2 hours. It was bad. I was shaking, crying, hyperventilating, just beside myself, and I had to SOMEHOW get over that bridge. So, my doctor gave me script for 5 tabs of Xanax. I am VERY ANTI DRUG, especially those that affect brain chemicals. So, my question is: Has anyone taken Xanax, or another anti-anxiety drug, for episodic anxiety/phobia, and did NOT go on to need other psyciatric drugs? I don't want to use a quick fix, only to end up with a different, and possibly chronic problem, with anxiety, depression, etc. So, anyone? I take Tenormin, a beta-blocker, and am going to try doubling up and driving over a local, scarry bridge and see if that will do enough for me. Tenormin also blocks the effects of Adrenalin, so it might work.