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Old 02-09-17, 01:35 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

To answer your original question, Ritalin did help me focus better on driving, and I have a really clean record. I started to notice things I had never seen before even tho I'd driven past them hundreds of times.

And it also made me more aware of just how bad my driving was at times. Pulling out into traffic, four way stops, and changing lanes on the big road all are issues..I have to notice a problem before I can fix it, so now I'm much more careful about those things.

I will avoid if at all possible, afternoon rush hour - it seems to start here around 3 and ends about 7. And the drivers in the Albany area are way more aggressive than ten years ago...
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I don't believe that slow processing speed has anything to do with driving anxiety. I have almost a superior processing speed (90th percentile), but I am still an anxious driver. I have my G1 (can drive with a person with at least a 3 years full driveer's licence), but won't drive because I'm scared of hitting someone/something. I don't want to get into an accident. I have GAD, OCD, and social anxiety, but I feel it's mainly the GAD with a dash of OCD that causes this. I wish I wasn't anxious driving.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Slow processing speed can add to the driving anxiety
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

Does anyone suffer form slow processing speed and driving anxiety. I notice when I know an area I am fine. When I don't know an area and am faced with multiple road sighns I get nervous.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

yes, and also merging into traffic. otherwise, i would zone out and that was just dangerous.
I really never should have driven a car in the first place. i couldnt afford a car anyway for a long time here, and i dont need one now. In the states i have a lyft account.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I have trouble in parking places
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Old 10-21-18, 02:30 PM
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

I used hypnosis for my driving anxiety. It really helped a lot. Each time I had it done it got better.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

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I have trouble in parking places

I completly agree with excel. Its even worse when going to a parking building. If i try too many i quickly loose my temper and switch seats, letting my wife or my firends do the parking. Im getting nervous at this really quickly.


For all others situations, it helped me to keep calm. My greatest issues when driving, are cities. Especially in switzerland there is a huge amount of bicycle riders and scooters that drive you crazy by often sneaking at your blindspot or completly ignoring street laws. But at the end of the day im glad having such a overall regulated driving community in this country, that helped me a lot. I was driving in florida too with a ford mustang, but in the city (miami) and overall most of the time i let my wife do it. Wonderously she appreciate driving in the usa more
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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?
Thanks for the big laugh your post gave me tonight. I needed that.

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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

The worst part of driving for me is backing up, so I now have a car with whatever it's called...the little screen that shows what's in back of the car while driving in reverse. I still have anxiety about it, but that does help some. My husband doesn't drive much because of his neuropathy, so any time I go somewhere I'm the one driving.
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Re: Driving anxiety and slow processing speed

My car is like driving a bar of soap. Windows so dark and low, the only good part is two tone leather and piping. Oh, and XM, but that is distracting.
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Only in the UK!

I grew up in the States, and learned to drive in the northern Arizona desert. I've loved driving since I first started sneaking out in my mother's car (without a license, but then it was just dirt roads) because she left the keys in it.

55 years later I still joyfully take 5000+ mile road trips alone with my dog, sometimes driving 800-900 miles in a day. Audio books keep me awake and alert, and GPS keeps me from forgetting where to turn (I do turn off the audio book when the GPS says "ding ding," and make all the maneuvers before turning the audio book back on for the next leg of the trip. Sometimes as I'm wheeling through a strange city at 8pm I think "I could drive all night."

And I was OK learning to fly a Cessna, too, although it seemed like a 3-dimensional parking lot up there, and I seemed to catch on a lot slower than some of the young cadets in my class.

But driving in the UK taught me the meaning of "driving anxiety" (heck, I even had "walking anxiety" there). I was disoriented and terrified every time I saw another car (which is often, even outside the cities) because I had no idea how to anticipate what it was likely to do, struggled to guess who had the right-of-way (the only thing that is the same as in North America, but when you're mentally trying to reverse everything, that's hard to remember.)

I never thought I would see the day I found driving "too stressful," but I have seen it now, and if that's what driving on the right is like for some of you, I can finally identify.
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