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Old 10-02-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Driving and Bipolar and medications

HI to everyone....... IN the last 5 months I have had the fear of driving. and when I do drive. everything on the road worries me. I have been driving for years....while driving I have anxiety

I am starting to think that it is connected to my lack of medications. I only take Zyrexia. 5 mgs.......

I need some feedback if anyone has experienced this situation..?

hugs, Caren,,,, Bipolar 1

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Old 10-03-2008, 04:43 AM   #2
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Re: Driving and Bipolar and medications

Hello, I couldn't tell you if it is lack of medications, but I had the same experience a while back. I was so afraid of driving or even being in a car with anyone who was driving. Once I got my meds under control, I was OK. Personally, I think the Buspar the pdoc put me on is what gave me the anxiety of driving. It didn't help it. Once I stopped taking it, I was fine.
I take a total of 4 meds now. Now I love to drive. I even want to take my car to the racetrack.

I hope you can talk to your doc about it to get your anxitey under control. I know how awful it can be.

Take care.

Old 10-03-2008, 08:43 PM   #3
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Re: Driving and Bipolar and medications

I agree - talk to your p/doc about this. I would think it could well be not enough anti-anxiety meds. Did you reduce or drop any when this fear came on?

But it's also a very common fear, too, a kind of phobia, that people just develop. Don't give it up, stay with it, too. I'm sure you can get over this since you used to love to drive.

Best of luck on this one,

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