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Hey there! Let’s begin with the basics of me. My name is Caitlin Jones, and I have been growing up in a country town in Victoria, Australia for the past 20 years of my life. At the moment I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communication majoring in Social Media; ironic, I know. And when I finish with that accomplishment, I am wanting to complete a PhD in the same field, as I am in love with learning in the media and communication area; again, ironic, I know. Oh and if you haven’t noticed already, I suffer from mental illnesses, in particular, anxiety and depression. You can read my blog posts to get the update on that!

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My Anxiety with Driving

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Getting your drivers license is something that most teenagers accomplish when they turn 18, for me, the thought of driving a car was an utmost terror and dread.

When I turned 16, the most common question I was asked was “when are you going for your learners permit?”; something I didn’t get till I was six months away from my 18th birthday. My thought process behind not obtaining my learners was that if I didn’t have it I couldn’t drive, which was exactly what I wanted. I see cars as a dangerous weapon which can cause serious injuries, collisions, kill myself and others. Even though many other people would agree, my thoughts surrounding driving were pushed by my anxiety. I wouldn’t just feel nervous and worried, I would get psychically ill, which lead to feelings of dislike and unwillingness; it was as though the benefit of driving and getting my hours up, wasn’t worth getting sick over.

That was before I started taking medication for my mental illnesses, so I am unsure if my anxiety over driving resulted from driving-related circumstances or just apart of my anxiety disorder. Either way, I am in a much better mental state when driving now, more so that after completing over 165 hours of supervised driving (when I only need to reach 120), I went for my probationary license and passed!

Even though I have only driven down to the shops and back once by myself since getting my license, I was surprised by how calm I was, considering I do have an anxiety disorder. I was expecting to be a total mess, worry about doing something wrong or hurting someone on the road, having no trust and confidence in myself, but I was fine. In someway I am thankful for my anxiety towards driving makes sure that I don’t rush trying to get into a traffic as my driving instructor told me that I go when there is enough time and when I feel safe to do so.

It is hard to say what I’m more pleased with, me nearly 21 and finally being able to drive myself somewhere or winning over and defeating one aspect of my anxiety. Anxiety holds me back from a range of things and to know that driving isn’t one of them anymore, makes the winner of the two.

All material is provided for informational use and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice or instruction. If you or someone you know needs help, consult a medical professional.

If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s safety, please call your local emergency response number and/or a mental health helpline.

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One Comment

  • hudapervez

    June 2, 2018 at 3:00 am

    This post is so relatable! I actually took some driving classes and kind of gave up after failing once and I always questions on why i did not give it more tries and honestly I know more than anything it was my anxiety holding me back. I always thought it was weird how I never got excited about the idea of driving like others! Congrats to you on getting your permit! xx

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