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I was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features and I was just making sure that it would be totally safe to drive with this.. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to drive? 

 

I'm trying to get a license, but I just want to be sure there won't be any complications. Thank you!

 

-Marina

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I think you'll be fine. I have bipolar I w/psychotic features and I've never had a problem. If you feel something coming on you can always ask someone else to drive.

As far as getting a license I actually put "bipolar disorder" down on the application and had no problems getting it. I don't think you have to put it down at all though.

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You can drive with any illness as long as you are reasonably stable. I try not to drive at all while manic. Delusional too. I almost completely lost my shit once, I should have pulled over but I wasn't thinking properly. I just wanted to get home. My husband told me he would have picked me up. But most of the time I drive with no incidents.

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The city I live in has crappy public transport, so I really have no choice but to drive if I want to get anywhere.  I do struggle with rage issues on the roads at times, but I've never gotten into trouble... I'm also well and appropriately medicated, which keeps the florid psychosis and the worst of the craziness at bay.  I think you'll be fine, as long as you have the self awareness to recognise when getting behind the wheel would be a bad idea.

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I am eligibile for reinstatement. I was revoked for 6 years. 4/22/2013 was my date, but due to funds I haven't went to hearing. 

 

As far as drug and alcohol treatment I am in the clear. I have often wondered how my MI would play a role in their decision making process to reinstate me though. Anyone have any experience with that ? I plan on getting a Dr. letter, but I don't want to drive around with handicapped plates either ... ugh ! 

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I didn't know you had to go to court to have your license reinstated!  What a pain!

 

I had to put all my psych meds on my driver's license form.  They send a form to my pdoc asking them how stable I am for driving.  I know that I am a danger while driving, so that's why my mom drives.

 

I hope you are able to get you license reinstated.

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Wow, I guess it is good I initially got my license over 30 years ago, the only thing they cared about was eye-sight. I have moved between states with it ever since, just had to take an eye-sight test the first time I moved to CA. I never knew they asked questions like that!

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In the past I received a number of speeding tickets, and was in a minor accident (not just my fault) all when hypomanic. 

Sometimes I am too anxious and I ask my husband to drive if he is around.

 

Definitely I try to have insight regarding my mental state and driving.

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I no longer drive. I drove for around two years and I fared well, except when manic or psychotic. I got into a big accident when manic, but luckily no one was hurt! I was and am too distract able to drive safely. Whether I am manic or psychotic and hearing voices or other distracting things...well the honest truth is the roads are safer without me. Also my anxiety gets too high and I get panic attacks when driving. Not so safe either.

But there is no law saying that if you are bipolar or SZA you cannot drive. Just be aware of your symptoms when you are symptomatic and go from there to assess whether or not it is safe for you and others to drive.

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Some states do have rules about being MI and driving. It is my understanding that the state I live in now (NC) asks questions about your mental health when renewing your drivers license. Luckily, I don't have to cross that bridge for several more years. 

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I was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features and I was just making sure that it would be totally safe to drive with this.. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to drive? 

 

I'm trying to get a license, but I just want to be sure there won't be any complications. Thank you!

 

-Marina

 

Ideally, you'll be taking the appropriate medication regimen and be symptom free prior to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

I had a few accidents when i was manic a few years ago.  Since then I've been on better meds and able to drive without much of an issue.

 

Good luck, Marina, I hope it works out well for you.  

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Where I am, when you apply for a license there is a space to put any medical conditions and any meds you take. If you write anything there you have to get a "fitness to drive" certificate from a GP. So it is basically up to your doctor to judge whether or not you are able to drive. Personally, I just left those sections blank. I think during the hypo/mania's I've had, I tend to drive aggressively and sometimes too fast, but luckily it hasn't led to any accidents.

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Some states do have rules about being MI and driving. It is my understanding that the state I live in now (NC) asks questions about your mental health when renewing your drivers license. Luckily, I don't have to cross that bridge for several more years. 

 

This. Application questions and requirements vary from state to state.

 

Personally, I love to drive when hypo/manic... VROOM!!! Wanna race? Outta my way, asshole! Grrr. In my better senses, I agree those aren't the best times for me to drive.

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Are you on any medication?  (Sorry if I missed that).  I just had to get my ID renewed (the same form used for a license; I don't drive though), and for the driving section it asks if you are on any medication/s that would interfere with driving.  I *think* it is a medication issue with the DMV, rather than the MI itself.

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I was diagnosed at 14. Nothing was ever said about my license. I lost it for 5 months once due to passing out (low blood pressure, in the throws of an eating disorder) because someone called 911 in as a "seizure". The reason I lost it for so long was due to a backlog in the system. Had I Had a real seizure, it would have been 6+ months. They have never asked about meds. Not even my drivers ed teachers when I was 16!

 

My old roommate lost her license when she was diagnosed with bipolar and sleep apnea. She was right fucked up and got her license back a few months later, but had to take the road test again. (I did not) 

 

I've heard rarely of doctors temp. cutting a license due to meds, but its very rare. If you get manic and get a careless driving charge, you could lose your license, for example. I got pulled over once and the cops asked about meds, I was honest, I was really anxious when they pulled me (long story short: I suck with directions and went the wrong way down a one way) and they were very nice. They said to make sure I knew when to/not to drive and were happy I wasn't a DUI, and escorted me to the proper highway because I didn't have a GPS.

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My old roommate lost her license when she was diagnosed with bipolar and sleep apnea. She was right fucked up and got her license back a few months later, but had to take the road test again. (I did not) 

 

I've heard rarely of doctors temp. cutting a license due to meds, but its very rare. If you get manic and get a careless driving charge, you could lose your license, for example.

Holy crap, that is scary. I will definitely think twice about driving while hypo/manic. I don't know what I would do without my license, I have to work and there are hardly any buses around here. It probably would take me a half hour to walk to the bus stop, it's in the next town over.

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I am BP II/NOS I have no problem driving but I dont drive when I feel like something stupid might occour

 

 

:triger:: TRIGGER WARNING :triger::

 My last suiside plan was that I was going to drive my car into a tree, so yeah when i'm feeling super duper depressed, and/or suisidal I dont drive. I have even given the keys to someone.

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