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Psychiatric conditions and driving

Psychiatric conditions may be associated with disturbances of behaviour, cognitive abilities and perception, and therefore have the potential to affect driving ability. Any person driving with a psychiatric condition will be legally required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as soon as practicable. These conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar
  • Anxiety

How do these conditions affect driving ability?

  1. Reduced ability to sustain concentration or attention
  2. Possibility of hallucinations or delusionary beliefs interfering with driving
  3. Possible recklessness and aggressiveness
  4. Fatigue
  5. Panic attacks

The above are all symptoms which should not be ignored when driving a vehicle.

What precautions can I take?

  • Ensure you are taking any medication prescribed to you when required.
  • Pull over if you become overly emotional or are struggling to concentrate
  • Do not drive if you are feeling aggressive or overly anxious

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