Paranoid in traffic
You symptoms are much stronger than mine, and I share the nervous feeling when a police car is behind me. If I pass one at a corner I watch the rear view mirror to see which way he turns, hope not behind me, if yes I keep track of him in my mirror until he exits or I exit and he doesn't. I of course give mover than 85% of my attention to what is ahead and on both sides, but I watch the police car.
Bridges, especially high ones with flimsy looking guard rails make me nervous. Still less symptom-wise than you describe. Heavy traffic with lots of big trucks, 18 wheel trucks, make me nervous and on a three lane I prefer the right hand lane but will pass if that lane is too slow That said I pick a time to pass when I don't have big trucks approaching from behind.
This has been a "problem" since about the age of 30, guess when I was younger than that I thought I'd live forever anyway.
The only way I can lead a normal life is be careful but go ahead and do the driving I need to do...I can even enjoy driving when the car and road feel smooth.
I think we have to face our fears, and "stare them down" but always have an escape plan. I am always ready to slow down and pull off the road and stop, but thankfully I have never had symptoms bad enough to cause me to do that. But that is a good reason to drive in the curb (right hand) lane, easy to escape traffic if necessary.
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