Here is an article that talks about a study that demonstrates that antidepressants make people less safe drivers.
A new study suggests people taking prescription antidepressants may drive worse than people who aren’t taking such drugs, and depressed people on antidepressants have even more trouble concentrating and reacting behind the wheel. (continue reading)
The sad part? Other psych meds impair you even more. I was an accident waiting to happen for many years. Thank god I never hurt anyone.
This is something people who take meds want to stay the hell away from. I understand that completely. Not being able to drive is tantamount to losing freedom.
On the other hand understanding all the negative ways meds impede us is extremely important.
In an email group it was pointed out that many drugs other than psych meds can cause impairment while driving. Absolutely true…but we need to take responsibility for what we put in OUR bodies.
I’ll add that the biggest reason this is a sore spot for me is because for years as my doctor jacked up my meds to the point I literally stumbled about at times, I told him it was dangerous for me to drive. I did not feel safe driving to work, especially in the mornings as I took all my multiple sedating meds at night and was never fully awake in the morning.
Perhaps this was the biggest way my doctor failed me and society. He refused to listen to my pleas that I did not feel safe and didn’t think I should be working if I could not drive. And he refused to allow me to go on disability. I could NOT choose the responsible path.
In the last few years once I got put on disability and then as I became sick with withdrawal and weak and spaced out I did take myself off the road. I now have the luxury and rightful status of being disabled so I am not forced to put myself and others in danger. Unfortunately the only reason I’m disabled is because of the drugs. It’s a bad joke, really.
Now I finally feel safe driving at least some of the time, but quite often I still choose to refrain when I feel unsafe.
More on this topic here: Driving while medicated