PTSD increasing among truck drivers

Involvement in or witnessing fatal accidents takes its toll on drivers.

Long-haul truckers are increasing exposed to a variety trauma often leading to more serious mental-health issues.  Even more tragic is that the demands of the job often mean they have trouble accessing the care they need. Whether a driver is directly involved in a fatal accident or just a witness to one, the effects can be devastating.

Mental Health Concerns Among Truckers Article | TheAtlantic.com

What should you do when exposed to trauma?

Being in a wreck—or even seeing one—can cause enough stress and anxiety to become a diagnosable mental illness.

This is particularly difficult for long-haul truckers to seek and get the mental health care they need because they are constantly on the road, away from their family, community and regular health care.

Truckers often are dealing with PTSD, regularly facing trauma triggers, and battling exhaustion working through it all, without professional help to identify or manage these mental-health problems. This is not only a danger to the truckers: but it can be a safety hazard for anyone on the road. The most common symptoms of PTSD include difficulty sleeping, difficulty staying awake, panic attacks, and problems concentrating. If a number of American’s 3.5 million truckers have these symptoms, it’s a public-health issue for all drivers.

The most common symptoms of PTSD include:

  1. difficulty sleeping,
  2. difficulty staying awake
  3. panic attacks
  4. problems concentrating

 

If a number of American’s 3.5 million truckers have these symptoms, it’s a public-health issue for all drivers.

Source: DOL Work Environment for Heavy & Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

FMCSA 2012 Crash Statistics

Employment Data by occupation (see page 10)

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