View Full Version : Are most bipolar people reckless drivers?


Draga
10-15-07, 02:31 PM
Ok I have not drivin since I was 25 ..which, god, was 6 years ago. I had at least a 1 week and 1/2 of the taste of freedom...but I took that freedom for granted. I drove 80 MPH over a busy highrise, making turns @ 50 MPH, made silly/ damn near fatal mistakes like not noticing red light, driving not in line of the other cars but on the turn sign on the road and backed but and almost hit a car...then it happened..I didn't see the car coming on the right side and paniced when he honked horn at me and sped away too fast not able to make complete turn and ran car into my friends parents tree( got 5 stiches and a whole lot of bruises):( ...I didnt drive car for a while after mom got a used car, 86 economy car, which made me feel worse, but I did take it for a spin across town to visit my b/f and the moron told me to park car by the trash can, unbenounced to me there was a fire hydrant behind it...when I left his house at 4 in the am the car was gone!!! Got towed away.....that was the very last time i ever driven.

Believe me this is taking a lot of cazones to write this thread...the mistakes I made before and realizing for each carelessness, I am lucky to be alive, it's humiliating to even share this but heh I gotta know..please someone tell me I am not the only reckless person when getting behind the wheel:(.

I am sure it's the combo of bipolar and my adhd and the lack of experience on my part...(crap i wanna cry now)...people tell me I need to just get back on the horse....truth is..even if I could, I'm terrified. :faint:

Matt S.
10-15-07, 02:34 PM
I drive like a bat out of hell, especially when I get manic, it goes with my flavor of hyperactive ADHD as well. I have terrible road rage and I am one that slams on my brakes when people tailgate me.

Draga
10-15-07, 03:18 PM
Yeah aint it annoying when people r on ur tail lol....hope you were never in an accident like it was..

I'm feeling really depressed now, when I think of all the stunts I pulled since dad died ...it's miraculous I am still alive...the person I was then...I hate her.

justhope
10-15-07, 04:02 PM
I only do it when I am ticked off. Otherwise I am actually pretty normal, I am overly cautious because I was in a wreck back in 1990 that scared the crap out of me. I am a habitual worry wart so I am waiting to get smashed by the first Semi I screw up in front of...so no. That doesn't apply to me. Actually the only time I was really reckless at all was when I drank....which wasn't much ...and I don't at all anymore...

Draga...forgive me if you posted this somewhere since you have been back...
Are you on meds?

Draga
10-15-07, 04:37 PM
Draga...forgive me if you posted this somewhere since you have been back...
Are you on meds?

:) oh yeah, Lamictal, zoloft and vyvance...they work very well for me, course i can still get a lil manic sometimes..and when I get into these moods lol...the meds can only do so much :eek:

Matt S.
10-15-07, 04:39 PM
She's part of team Lamictal, another cycling team thing most of us have in common, justhope, CF, me we love the Lamictal.

goughy
10-15-07, 04:50 PM
My father is severely bipolar and was a great driver, when he could still drive!

Draga
10-15-07, 04:59 PM
She's part of team Lamictal, another cycling team thing most of us have in common, justhope, CF, me we love the Lamictal.

OH yeah...lamictal is usually my happy pill :D Well the other two as well...but Lamictal was 1st bipolar meds that worked :)

speedo
10-15-07, 06:18 PM
A friend of mine is bipolar and a car typically lasts her about 6 months before she wrecks it. I had a long talk with her recently about it to the tone of "don't you think there is something wrong here?" It seems to have had an effect, I hope it sticks.

Mom was bipolar and she was awfully hard on a car as she drove it as though it were a sherman tank. She was a safe driver though.

ME :D

Draga
10-15-07, 06:35 PM
A friend of mine is bipolar and a car typically lasts her about 6 months before she wrecks it. I had a long talk with her recently about it to the tone of "don't you think there is something wrong here?" It seems to have had an effect, I hope it sticks.
ME :D

Best of luck 2 her on that ;)

justhope
10-16-07, 12:04 AM
Well Draga, if you were ummedicated before or the meds weren't working well, then perhaps it's time to try again. How about starting out on a day you feel okay, on a long straight , boring country road with a bossy worry wart friend?

I would gladly come, but I don't think you are close enough? LOL

If you know your triggers and cycles, then stay out of the car those days.
I am a fan of getting back on the horse...baby steps if needed.

Skully
10-16-07, 05:25 PM
I am a VERY bad driver. I am ADHD and Bipolar II. I think the ADHD has a lot to do with the driving part. If I am on the manic side, I throw caution to the wind and really get going. I am horrible, it's a wonder I still have my license!

Crazy~Feet
10-16-07, 05:38 PM
This question is a bit tricksy, sweety. You might want to ask how many people who have ONLY BP are reckless drivers to get a clearer reply.

Considering current research shows that most (and it may be all) people who have BP also have AD/HD, your data may be a bit colored by AD/HD related symptoms.

That being said, I am NOT a reckless driver. Far from it. Off AD/HD meds driving is a horrow show of inattention, and I drive like a geriatric, on the verge of an anxiety attack. On the dex I am less anxious but I still drive quite cautiously. That my be due to my terrible vision and the fact that I wear trifocals and need to move my head just-so to see properly when driving. Call me that person you really don't want to get stuck driving behind for too long :o...heh.

I cannot really recall allowing hypomania to make me reckless behind the wheel. I get hyperfocused at home during hypomania, more often than not.

Mister Crash
10-18-07, 01:41 PM
I've earned my self the nickname "mister crash" by all my friends and loved ones because of all the major accidents I've been involved in over the years. I too drive like a maniac nearly every day for no reason at all. Ironically I have a giant passion for sport bikes and this gets me into trouble all the time. I used to enjoy a good high speed pursuit by the local law enforcement occaisionaly to get the dopamine flowing. Dont worry Draga you're far from alone. Hello to everyone by the way and nice to meet you. I've been reading threads for about a month now as a guest but I just HAD to post on this topic.

Draga
10-18-07, 04:02 PM
I've earned my self the nickname "mister crash" by all my friends and loved ones because of all the major accidents I've been involved in over the years. I too drive like a maniac nearly every day for no reason at all. Ironically I have a giant passion for sport bikes and this gets me into trouble all the time. I used to enjoy a good high speed pursuit by the local law enforcement occaisionaly to get the dopamine flowing. Dont worry Draga you're far from alone. Hello to everyone by the way and nice to meet you. I've been reading threads for about a month now as a guest but I just HAD to post on this topic.

Some ppl call me Georgette of the Jungle...(watch out for that tree...get it ;))


Btw....welcome to the Forums....so glad my thread prompted a membership LOL! xoxoxoxo dawlin

justhope
10-18-07, 06:16 PM
This question is a bit tricksy, sweety. You might want to ask how many people who have ONLY BP are reckless drivers to get a clearer reply.

Considering current research shows that most (and it may be all) people who have BP also have AD/HD, your data may be a bit colored by AD/HD related symptoms.

That being said, I am NOT a reckless driver. Far from it. Off AD/HD meds driving is a horrow show of inattention, and I drive like a geriatric, on the verge of an anxiety attack. On the dex I am less anxious but I still drive quite cautiously. That my be due to my terrible vision and the fact that I wear trifocals and need to move my head just-so to see properly when driving. Call me that person you really don't want to get stuck driving behind for too long :o...heh.

I cannot really recall allowing hypomania to make me reckless behind the wheel. I get hyperfocused at home during hypomania, more often than not.

Perhaps you are correct sista dear.
Even before the BP diagnoses, that was one of the questions on my questionaire about being ADD, one of the few I answered with a confident no.
I have always been a granny driver. I always thought because I was more inattentive, I was more likely to hyperfocus on everythign and tend to be a little anxious myself. Medicated I am fine....it was horrible when I first moved to this huge city with it's major freeways, and side roads that are the size of sidewalks in Tx. But I got used to it, I was just more granny than normal.

The only ADD thing I do now when driving, and that is when I am usually a little on the manic side and off ADD meds...it umm miss the stupid exit...while zoning....and that is because I am hyperfocused on the idiots I am driving next too!

Matt S.
10-19-07, 10:11 AM
I am more of the road rage, impatient, yelling out the windows, angry at intersections kind of driver.

justhope
10-19-07, 10:51 AM
Don't get me wrong. I said I am not a reckless driver. I didn't say I was a nice driver. Meaning I often cuss people out, make it a point to let them know they ****ed me off when they are stupid....and periodically if I am a really foul mood, I have been known to flip them the bird. I don't cut them off, follow them, or get out and bang on the windows....but um I didn't say I was always nice. :D

Matt S.
10-19-07, 03:58 PM
I can imagine

Draga
10-19-07, 08:10 PM
heh remembering how i was when I drove...I'd be the one ya'll be yelling at lmao

justhope
10-20-07, 10:57 PM
I can imagine

:eyebrow: What are you trying to say Matt? hmmm let me guess....




heh remembering how i was when I drove...I'd be the one ya'll be yelling at lmao
Well thanks for the warning, let me know if you ever decide to visit us up here in Ohio......LOL

Matt S.
10-21-07, 12:25 PM
hope, something about your picture on your profile being so wholesome and sweet, and my visual imagination, makes me able to vividly daydream about you having road rage, I do that a lot, the vivid daydream thing is one of the ADHD things that people admire.

Draga
10-21-07, 12:36 PM
Heh maybe dat good thing I dont drive then...I always in my own imaginative world...at least i can drive there and be in control hehe

meriellyn
10-22-07, 12:23 PM
I'm generally a pretty safe driver but I do tend to liberally apply the finger and plenty of choice words when those around me aren't. :P
I guess I have a little road rage issue but it doesn't actually manifest in my driving style, just my language and gestures.

justhope
10-23-07, 10:42 AM
hope, something about your picture on your profile being so wholesome and sweet, and my visual imagination, makes me able to vividly daydream about you having road rage, I do that a lot, the vivid daydream thing is one of the ADHD things that people admire.
Matt , that is so comforting...
I am far from wholesome or sweet. LOL