Learning to Drive with Mental Health Problems

Learning to Drive with Mental Health Problems

Hey my loves,

Learning to drive can be stressful at the best of times, but when you add mental health problems into the mix, things can become quite complicated. Below you will find some information on how to drive when coping with mental health problems. Although it can be daunting, you don’t have to be held back from doing what you want when it comes to learning to drive.

Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders come in all shapes and sizes. With a paranoid related disorder, you may find it hard to trust and confide in others. When it comes to driving, this can be a big issue, as finding the right instructor will be hard. However, don’t be afraid to try a few instructors. An easy way to find trustworthy and understanding instructors is via social media. Ask your online friends for recommendations and take it from there.

If you struggle from BPD, you will find it hard to create a lasting relationship with your instructor. You may even get angry at times. The thing to remember is that they are there for you. Once you realise that your instructor wants nothing more than to help you, you can relax and enjoy the process as much as

you can. You don’t have to tell your instructor if you have a disorder or mental health problem, however it will help them to understand your needs as a learner, and will allow them to teach you accordingly.

Depression & Anxiety

When it comes to mental health, depression and anxiety are some of the most common problems that you can encounter. Generally, the two come hand in hand and tend to feed off of each other. So, when something during the day makes us feel anxious, we follow these feelings up later on with feelings of worthlessness. It can cause downward spirals and severe isolation, and although we can try to put it behind us, it can creep up at any given moment. If you have reached a headspace that makes you want to drive, then congrats! It can be hard trying to focus on important things at times, but taking a big step is great for moving forward. Take your time to find an instructor, today you can find instructors online and correspond with them via email before meeting them in person. This can help to put your mind at ease.

Medications

If you’re currently on anti-depressants, such as Fluoxetine or Sertraline, you may have been told in the past that you can’t drive on your medication. In a way, this is true. For the first few weeks on medication such as these, you can encounter side effects that include nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Once these symptoms have passed, you can learn to drive. Think of it this way, if you need glasses to see, wear them whilst driving. If you need antidepressants to function, take them in order to learn how to drive. If you’re unsure if your medication interferes with your ability to drive, contact the DVLA for assistance.

Guest post by the lovely Gina Kay Daniel

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