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newguywithoutahandle's Comment
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I have generalized anxiety disorder depression and bipolar 2, and I've been driving for the last couple months. I have been doing well up to this point but the last little while I don't think my medicine has been working and if I have my medicine adjusted I probably will lose my medical card. Recently I get to the point where I feel like I'm going to lose it either hurt someone or myself and I get extremely agitated over nothing. What should I do? I am on the other side of the country away from home, and I'm not sure how to tell my company that I need to get to my doctor so that I can get my medicine adjusted. I'm worried I might lose my job, and I literally have nothing else to turn to financially speaking.

Garth M.'s Comment
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Have you been getting enough sleep? Maybe if you called in sick and tried to get rested things would improve enough to get home ok. My brother suffers and when he starts pushing it at work he ends up not taking care of himself and then it seems to snowball. I know he will tend to over medicate to get his sleeping back in order and it only gets worse. Just some thoughts, best of luck. Of course you have the final say but keep a cool head.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Can you just call your doctor and ask them to adjust your subscription? You can probably pick it up at virtually any Walmart.

JJ

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Now I know I have not even driven a truck yet, but I am a firm believer in safety first. So I'd tell my company I have to get to my doctor now, if you hurt or kill someone else or yourself the consequences will be far more severe than if you tell them. Being on the edge and driving 80k pounds is a recipe for disaster.

Brian M.'s Comment
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I am pretty sure this isn't something a physician will do without consultation and an office visit. Personally you need to get home and see your physician immediately without delay.

As far as the company be vague but insistent about needing to get home to see your doctor. Until you know for sure you have to believe it can be managed. Good luck

newguywithoutahandle's Comment
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I wish it was that simple, but it's not. My doctor has to meet with me in person and go through some test and what not and decide what the best course of action is, whether it be up my dosages or change my medications all together, and either way there is usually a adjustment period of 4-6 weeks that is all hell while the stuff is building up in my system, before it actually helps if it does. If it works U stay on it if that mixture doesn't work I start back again and repeat the cycle until it does. That is one of the reasons I am worried it will put me out of service, because of that time in between where my body is adjusting to the medication change or increase.

Can you just call your doctor and ask them to adjust your subscription? You can probably pick it up at virtually any Walmart.

JJ

Parrothead66's Comment
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Sorry if this sounds crude but you have to get home, off the road and see your doctor. Your income ability is no where near the physical safety of yourself and others.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Here's another thought...if you delay and have an accident...someone somewhere who finds out your meds aren't working could blame you for being unbalanced or suicidal... Even if the accident wasn't your fault. You know how insurances and law suits are.

Get to the doctor. The meds getting increased might not be as bad as you think...and worrying about it could distract you into an accident.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I agree with Rainy here. If the insurance companies were to find out that your meds aren't working correctly, all hell could break loose. You could lose your ability to drive a commercial vehicle all together, permanently.

Be insistent with the company and let them know it's extremely important that you get home and get to your doctor.

Do you have short term disability through the company? If so, it might be worth taking some time off to get regulated on your meds.

To be frank, this may not be the best profession to be in with a serious anxiety disorder. Trust me, I understand. I have my own struggles with depression and anxiety that I deal with on a day to day basis. I don't currently take any meds, but I also have years of therapy that provided me with the tools to deal with the problems without them. I also know when I have reached my limits and when I need to tell dispatch I need a break to get my head together so I can do the job to the best of my abilities.

Please, get to the doctor as soon as possible. Reach out to helplines in the meantime if need be. We care about all our members. If it gets to the point that you can't handle this, call a hospital and check yourself in. NO JOB is worth your personal safety or the safety of the thousands of people you drive around daily.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

newguywithoutahandle's Comment
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Unfortunately short term won't cover it because it's preexisting. I'm going to see what they can do about getting home to the doctor first thing in the morning.....I'll update this post some more later.

I agree with Rainy here. If the insurance companies were to find out that your meds aren't working correctly, all hell could break loose. You could lose your ability to drive a commercial vehicle all together, permanently.

Be insistent with the company and let them know it's extremely important that you get home and get to your doctor.

Do you have short term disability through the company? If so, it might be worth taking some time off to get regulated on your meds.

To be frank, this may not be the best profession to be in with a serious anxiety disorder. Trust me, I understand. I have my own struggles with depression and anxiety that I deal with on a day to day basis. I don't currently take any meds, but I also have years of therapy that provided me with the tools to deal with the problems without them. I also know when I have reached my limits and when I need to tell dispatch I need a break to get my head together so I can do the job to the best of my abilities.

Please, get to the doctor as soon as possible. Reach out to helplines in the meantime if need be. We care about all our members. If it gets to the point that you can't handle this, call a hospital and check yourself in. NO JOB is worth your personal safety or the safety of the thousands of people you drive around daily.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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