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Old 09-19-11, 02:00 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I can't even imagine trying to learn to drive a standard. Complete panic just considering it.

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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 feel exactly the same way, I just can't make those decisions.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I learned how to drive a stick shift, but the population wasn't like it is now. I wasn't in a big city
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

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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.
LOL Danelady, I know how you feel. I drive a coach bus better than I drive my car.
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I learned how to drive a stick shift, but the population wasn't like it is now. I wasn't in a big city
Ditto here, but I drive an automatic now that I'm a city girl. Learning to drive a manual isn't such a big deal when you've been around them all your life, and you're dealing with significantly less traffic, distractions, and hazards.

My driving anxiety came more from my over-reactivity rather than slow processing speed. I noticed everything, and everything was equally ohmygod LOOK OUT! It made me a very nervous, erratic driver.

I didn't drive much because I felt I was just unsafe, and it was scary as h*ll. My brain reacted to everything like it was imminent danger, and I was scared I was going to hurt someone. Plus it was exhausting - I'd be in panic mode the entire time, heart racing, adrenal glands pumping, cold sweat, rigid muscles.

The Adderall has made a huge difference for me there - now driving is something I actually enjoy, for the most part. Traffic stresses me out, sure, but not any more than it does your average NT.
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I wouldn't go back to driving a shift. They a pain
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I concur. Unless I'm doing something like hauling a trailer other other such situation that required lots of muscle and low gears, I'm sticking with my automatic! It's the best idea in a desert city.
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I used to think it was my anxiety was my whole issue deiving, But now I'm starting to think anxiety and slow processing speed play an equal part.
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You are VERY attractive.

(I still don't like you tho')
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You are VERY attractive.

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I think you're still drunk.

Also, this doesn't help me learn to drive, abi.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I learned with a stick. It was horrible because I also had my dad, who thinks all women are inept, breathing down my neck. Now, the anxiety isnt too bad but there are many times I wont leave the house just because I dont want to drive... I guess, I am either to anxious or not worried enough.

Abi, you must have found an open liqore store (or camped outside one until it opened)... Not that I think Peche is bad looking, I am just laughing at most of your posts today.
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You are VERY attractive.

(I still don't like you tho')
You know, you sound exactly like *all* of my ex-boyfriends.

The fact that you were probably hammered when you wrote this only increases the realism. Next you're going to tell me that you "borrowed" my bank card and now my rent money is gone and I'm 200$ overdraft.
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That's not a nice thing to say
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That's not a nice thing to say
Obviously, you haven't been introduced.

So, does anyone have any ideas as to what can help slow processing speed? Because as I said, meds might help my impulsiveness and stuff, but the slow processing speed is what is really getting in the way of my learning to drive.
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I think some meds can help.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I wonder if you can get rid of the anxiety with improving processing speed
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