Another day, another dollar. You’re up, trucking is clean, and you’re ready for the day’s journey. Suddenly, you start feeling this overwhelming feeling of anxiety, and possibly even sadness. Even as you try to push through it, it seems to only get worse. What is it? Was it a lack of sleep? Maybe something happened and it will pass. Strangely, it is a familiar feeling for you.
What many drivers don’t consider is that depression may be the root of the issue. It’s not just a head thing, but it is a real medical condition that has been shown to affect 15 to 20 percent of professional drivers.
According to NAMI, some of the signs of depression are:
- Persistent sadness
- Feeling hopeless, guilty, or worthless
- Headaches and muscle tension
- Difficulty making decisions
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Social withdrawal
So here’s the thing, if you have those feelings there are some options to overcoming them.
A good start is to start with a family physician. They’re pretty good at discerning the symptoms and can point you in the right direction. Another course is to talk to someone from your company’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program). They provide confidential support and information about issues like depression. Also, if you are a person of faith, you can let your spiritual leader know as well.
What’s most important is that you take action! Depression does not mean that you are weak as one blogger wrote. I’ll add that calling it out and beating that thing with the help of those trained to handle it only means you’re stronger!