2nd October 2019

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Can you drive if you have a mental illness?

Driving. You have to tell the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses or take some medication. Having a mental illness does not always mean you cannot drive safely. But some drivers need to take extra care or may become too unwell to drive.

In this way, can you drive with bipolar disorder?

Sandra has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Sandra does not believe that having bipolar disorder affects her ability to drive. Despite this, Sandra must tell the DVLA about her diagnosis because bipolar disorder is one of the mental health problems that the DVLA must be told about.

Can you drive a car with schizophrenia?

The Utah Department of Public Safety asserts that most people under active treatment for schizophrenia are “relatively safe” drivers, and clearly says that one's accident and violation record is a better predictor of driving risk than is a psychiatric diagnosis. Still, drugs like clozapine can impair driving skills.

Can you drive if you are depressed?

Depression and driving. You must tell DVLA if your depression affects your ability to drive safely. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don't tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may be prosecuted if you're involved in an accident as a result.
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