Mental Health and Driving

As a final note on World Mental Health Day, I hope that everyone managed to learn a bit more about mental health, whether that be about conditions affecting them or someone they know, learning about a condition they had never heard of or just learning to accept people more and be less judgemental.

While ADHD is neurodevelopmental and not a mental health condition, it is so closely linked to many mental health conditions that it is important for us ADHDers to understand more about them too.

I want to end the day by being helpful and drawing your attention to something that many people do not know (well, a lot of people in my ADHD support group didn’t know about this anyway).

If you are in the UK and you have some neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions that you take medication for, you need to declare this to the DVLA or it could affect you if you get into an accident i.e. if you are on medication and haven’t been declared fit to drive then get into an accident, you could be found at fault.

So, what do you need to do? If you have one of the conditions on the list below and you take medication for it, download the form from the link below and complete it before sending off to the DVLA. You will need the names of the medication you take, the reasons you take them, the name of your Doctor and your specialist, if you have one. They will also ask you some personal questions too.

*I am not an expert so please read more into this, but it is my understanding that you are allowed to drive while the form is being processed- but don’t take my word for it, check yourself.*

It is definitely worth completing, just to keep yourself right in case of an accident.

  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Aspergers
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Condition)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Korsakoff’s Syndrome
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotic Depression
  • PTSD
  • Schitzo-affective Disorder
  • Schitzophrenia
  •  Any other related condition.

You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/m1-online-confidential-medical-information

You can find a link to download the ‘M1 Confidential medical information’ form on that page.

Hope that helps!

Laura