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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Does it get worse with age
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Does any medication work for anxiety and processing speed
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Old 10-18-11, 05:50 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

What is the difference between slow processing speed and sensory overload?
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I think I would feel less anxious if I could process more quickly. I'm not sure it would totally disappear, but I think it would be reduced. At this point, I can't even imagine going in for a driving test, because I can't go faster than 30 Kph, and even then...

If I am paying attention to any one thing, I forget everything else. I think it's also the physical aspects of driving for me, I already have trouble being asked to do more than one thing at a time, and I already have trouble with my left and right, for example. I get lost walking around. I fall over my own feet. I can't learn complex dance moves. I can't catch a ball. I feel like driving is a similar problem for me.

I forget which foot is over the brake and which is over the accelerator. This is not good. I also don't seem to be able to keep track of what gear I'm in, so I sometimes go forward when I think I'm in reverse. Also, very bad. And it isn't something that will probably get better, given that similar things continue to cause me trouble despite practice.

For example, I always forget which burner exhausts from my oven. Things get melted.

This is more along the lines of the negative effects I don't mind having on the world. The potential negative effects of me driving includes killing small children. So, I think I'll just keep being dependent on my wonderful bf.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I used to be really anxious about driving, and most people who have to ride with me seem really uncomfortable, always grabbing things for support.

Once driving became instinctual instead of a constant thought process, the anxiety went away a bit. Getting confused between the break and gas, for instance, that ceases being a conscious thought eventually, and you can start focusing on everything else. I'm finally getting to the point where I can drive on the interstate in a big city without being stressed out about it, but there are still a lot of moments (especially when I have a passenger) that I come very close to rear-ending people. Passengers always complain that my stops are too abrupt and my corners to sharp. I drive a vehicle with a high center of gravity, so one of these days I'm just going to tip right over.

I've never caused a wreck, though, which is more than I can say for virtually every member of my family.

Edit: Oh, and I concur with the being more comfortable going fast part. The tires on my vehicle are too big so I'm actually always going 5 miles faster than my speedometer says, and I like that just fine!
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

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I think it can get better with practice, though I guess if you had a bad experience the opposite could happen

I love driving but have anxiety for driving in traffic, esp turning across oncoming traffic, and four way stops.

I found it helped to practice driving through downtown late at night, when there was very little traffic.
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I think it can get better with practice, though I guess if you had a bad experience the opposite could happen

I love driving but have anxiety for driving in traffic, esp turning across oncoming traffic, and four way stops.

I found it helped to practice driving through downtown late at night, when there was very little traffic.
Yes. This. x100. I get so bored when driving that I usually talk on the phone. The people who know me know that when I yell out something about needing them to hold on that I'm just making a turn, or going through a 4 way stop. Luckily, the people I know are cool it with.

When I first started driving, I grew quickly tired of it. I just would rather have someone else drive me. My parents thought something was weird because I was one of the only teenagers they knew that had almost no interest in driving.

A few years down the road, I was finally diagnosed with having an anxiety disorder as a comorbid condition with my ADHD-PI.
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I get so bored when driving that I usually talk on the phone. The people who know me know that when I yell out something about needing them to hold on that I'm just making a turn, or going through a 4 way stop. Luckily, the people I know are cool it with.
All of this just confirms my suspicion that me not driving is best for everyone concerned. Despite how much my bf would love to get to sleep in instead of drive me to work.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I would still try it
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Can anyone really tell the difference?
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

The difference between driving with or without medication, I think.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

weather its caused by anxiety or processing speed
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Oh, I thought the issue was driving anxiety *caused* by slow processing speed.

For me it's more about whether it's the other ADHD symptoms: impulsiveness, distractibility, etc., causing my driving issues, or if it's slow processing speed, or both.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I am ADD-I I have virtually no anxiety while driving and have moderate processing speed issues. Have been this way with driving my whole life. I was dx and received meds about 6 months ago at that point I started driving slower and would find myself in close calls more than without meds.
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