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Managing Truck Driver Depression

Truck driving is a challenging lifestyle. Many of us don't realize the demand on the drivers well being. Truth is, driver depression is real and need support. Here are some tips to help drivers beat depression.

Being away from home so much supporting America by transporting goods can be a lonely job for many truck drivers. Without employers, family and friends understanding how to appreciate all truckers do, they can experience truck driver depression. About what might truck drivers feel depressed? How about…

  • Being away from family for so long

  • Focusing mainly on friend and family relationship stresses created by being apart from them for so long

  • For single truck drivers, you can feel lonely because driving a lot greatly hinders having a social life, meeting new people and making friends

  • Being lonely because your familiar group of friends are absent and unavailable to keep you company

  • You may be making less money that you thought you would

  • Being stressed out about complying with ELD requirements

  • You may have a tense work environment due to having a personality clash with the dispatcher

  • Focusing on being unable to support your family financially and/or emotionally (or both) in a way you expected to be able to do it

  • Worrying about the strength and stability of your family relationships due to stresses with you being gone so much

  • Feeling angry about being in tough traffic

  • Missing a load which prevents you from getting home when you expected

These are just a few samples of what can create truck driver depression.

What Can You Do to Improve Truck Driver Depression?

  • Listen to educational,inspirational or motivational CDs while driving

  • During off-driving time, take a class in thinking positively. Use your training to focus on all the good happening in your life.

  • During off-driving time, start a hobby. Everyone feels passionate about something. When you do things about which you feel passionate, it actually helps you feel better generally and is a good mental health practice

  • When at truck stops, instead of isolating yourself, go over to another truck driver and start up a friendship. If you feel like you are a bit of an introvert, simply make a goal for yourself to say "hi" to 3 new people you see at a truck stop. Reaching out helps you build confidence and connect with others. You can develop a friendship with this driver and talk with him/her on your radio.

  • Understand that calling home helps your family relationship. So, develop the habit of calling home more often just to tell family members that you love them and are thinking of them. This strengthens the relationship for everyone.

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