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Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Do you think your driving aniety could be related to slow processing speed?
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I don't know but I am going to be finding out in the morning ()......I'l get back to you.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Yes. I noticed that when my bf was trying to teach me to drive, he was always saying "don'k look so long in your mirror checks". But if I did it like he showed me, nothing I saw in the mirrors had enough time to register as objects, let alone being able to recognize their speed or the intention of the drivers. He's like "Blindspot, mirror, mirror, mirror, blindspot.", and I'm still at the first blindspot.
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Have you gotten any faster at it
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Nope, just kind of gave up on trying... I'm hoping that maybe with meds I might be able to handle the driving lessons better. I found it exhausting and really stressful. And this is despite the fact that my bf has the patience of Job.
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Nope, just kind of gave up on trying... I'm hoping that maybe with meds I might be able to handle the driving lessons better. I found it exhausting and really stressful. And this is despite the fact that my bf has the patience of Job.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

The more multplr lanes with roads the more confusing things get.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

When I am in my explorer I can't drive for sh*t. I get nervous,things happen too too fast. Everybody is flying way too fast for me down there.

When I am in the semi something magical happens. I am up high and in control and I have giant mirrors to help me see what's going on all around. I avoid driving in my explorer as much as possible.

I did just get a little motorhome and I just drove it for the first time this week. One good thing is its up high and easy to see the road ahead of me,but I am going to need to put bigger mirrors on it because I can't really see what's coming up along side me very well. Its important to use the mirrors but when they are too small you don't get a very good picture of what's coming up along side.

I just can't imagine driving in an itty bitty car anymore. I would have to stay off the interstates to stay alive.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I am not sure how prevalent the inability to drive is in ADHD people. It must be higher logically from the usual symptoms of ADHD but has there been any studies done on it? Driving has become a subconcious action for me and requires next to no thought. When I first started driving i was scared and it took every ounce of my concentration but I eventually got over my anxiety after a few years and now no longer even think about it.

I actually enjoy driving more the faster I go because there is more action. I detest traffic with a passion unlike most people.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

From What We Know About ADHD and Driving Risk: A Literature Review, Meta-Analysis and Critique

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The thirteen observational studies reviewed in this paper provide evidence of a relationship between ADHD and negative driving outcomes, with an average Relative Risk of 1.54. This relationship is evident to a greater extent in driving violations and citations than in MVCs, but this is likely due to the rarity of reported collisions, which should be especially apparent in younger age groups with less driving experience (Kweo & Kockelman, 2003). (...)

Observational evidence for the mechanisms through which ADHD affects driving risks has been less extensive and conclusive. Our review of deficits in cognitive abilities found evidence for inattentiveness, particularly visual inattentiveness and impulsiveness correlating with problem driving outcome. Slow processing and distractibility and problems with visual memory are also associated with negative driving outcomes. Theoretically, impulsivity leads to excessive speed and problems disengaging from risky strategic maneuvers which when combined with attention problems lead to late counter measures that would likely transact to magnify risk.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Yes

I was always a horrible driver and NEVER enjoyed i.

Since my anxiety, bipolar etc diagnosis I am on zombifying mood stabilisers and benzos, so I refuse to drive, although I am sufficiently lucid to be legally allowed to. I don't want to.

And it's definitely due to processing speed.

I am smart but sluggish... I went thru school and Uni with A's and B+'s... I never had trouble with KNOWING THE ANSWERS but I was always rushing to the last second to complete my work. 2 or 3 hours for an exam of a given length always seemed ridiculously too little.

Drivinbg is a real time activity where one shares the road with NT's. It's too much on a strain on me. And why would I want to be concentrating on something when I can take a bus or cab and doze or read or whatever?
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Yes. I noticed that when my bf was trying to teach me to drive, he was always saying "don'k look so long in your mirror checks". But if I did it like he showed me, nothing I saw in the mirrors had enough time to register as objects, let alone being able to recognize their speed or the intention of the drivers. He's like "Blindspot, mirror, mirror, mirror, blindspot.", and I'm still at the first blindspot.
Peche, maybe its cos Im tipsy, but I feel a strange connection to you right now. Driving was always one of my biggest nightmares

I suggest we be friends for 24 hrs based on this shared issue, then we can start fighting again?
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

This is a useful thread for me. I've been diagnosed with ADHD-PI and OCD, and I don't feel safe driving, though I can. I often don't feel like I've had enough time at junctions to check all the bits of the road situation well enough before I have to move forward.

The question is - is that an OCD thing, i.e. the OCD is making me want to check and recheck something that basically I've checked enough already? Or is it an ADHD thing, and I'm actually correct in my judgement that I haven't obtained a clear enough understanding of the road situation from the first look round, and I really do need more time (more than is actually available) to make a decision to move forward?

I'm not very impulsive, certainly not in that situation, so I'm not worried about that side of it, so much as inattention, slow processing speed and so on and how they may affect driving. I just can't work out if my anxiety is unjustified (OCD) or justified (ADHD).
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Peche, maybe its cos Im tipsy, but I feel a strange connection to you right now. Driving was always one of my biggest nightmares

I suggest we be friends for 24 hrs based on this shared issue, then we can start fighting again?
I don't know about being "friends", because I don't trust you not to turn around even *within* the 24 hours and start name-calling.

But whatever. I really don't have a problem with you as long as you're not being a donkey's butt. And obviously we're going to share some experiences, we both have ADHD.

Just be careful of the effect of booze-goggles. Tomorrow you may sober up and be mortified that you were being nice to me.

As for driving, my bf has kind of given up on teaching me for now. I was hoping meds might help, but the more I read the more I think that meds will only help my impulsiveness, not my slow processing speed.

I'm just going to continue to thank the stars that the bf has a licence and the kindness to chauffeur me about. And rue the day he starts working again because then I don't know what I'll do.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Try learning to drive an automatic first. Its much easier, fewer things to concentrate on simultaneously.
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