Depression is more than just an occasional feeling of melancholy that springs up from time to time. Rather, it is all consuming and halts an individual’s ability to function normally. Many truck drivers suffer from depression in silence and transportation workers are classified as one of the highest occupational groups for suicide. Even though 13.6% of drivers experience depression, very few seek the help they need due to the stigma surrounding mental health. Read on to learn what some of the symptoms look like and what steps you can take to improve your health.
Why Does Depression Affect Truckers?
Many truck drivers experience depressive episodes for a variety of reasons associated with their occupation. One of the major causes is the feeling of isolation. With drivers being away from home for long stretches of time, it isn’t unlikely that you can begin to feel disconnected and alone in the world. It is also important to keep in mind that drivers are expected to endure a lot of work-related stress. Lack of sleep can also leave you more susceptible to mental and physical decline. On top of all of that, worrying about money, relationships, and simply finding time to shower can take drivers over the edge.
Although depression can look and feel different from person to person, it is likely that some of these basic symptoms will become apparent. It’s best to catch these emotions early on and find healthy ways of managing them before they get out of control.
- Disinterest in things once enjoyed
- An overwhelming feeling of hopelessness or sadness
- Intense anger or constant irritation
- Reduced Appetite
- Inability to concentrate
- Reoccurring thoughts of death or suicide
Steps to Improve your Mental Health:
- Make efforts to stay in close contact with family members and friends. Learn how to talk about your feelings with the ones that you trust.
- Reach out to a medical professional or sign up to meet with a therapist online if work makes it impossible for you to schedule regular office visits.
- Try to get back into hobbies you once loved.
- Be sure that you are eating healthy meals, exercising, and getting enough sleep each day.
- Don’t think that depression is a sign of weakness. Understand that everyone has their challenges and that this is one that you will overcome with time and effort.
If you or someone you know has been having dark thoughts, seek help immediately. If the feeling of hopelessness lasts longer than a few days and disrupts your ability to function, call your doctor.
Please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255.
Always remember that you are never as alone as you feel and that your current situation is not permanent.
“Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.”
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