forgetfulness while driving.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, recently I have noticed that when I am driving I'll have a thought pop into my head or get distracted somewhat, and the next thing I know, I drove alot farther than I thought I had, and I'll not remember driving to places I know I clearly had to pass to get to my position. It's always pretty short distances, not like I forget a large chunk of a car ride, or the entire thing. cry

I was wondering if this could possibly have something to do with derealization. Also, I have noticed that I can get really caught up into the TV or something, and tune everything else out kinda, and not hear what someone is saying to me. It's not AS bad as it sounds, because I do still know that someone is talking to me, and alot of the time I hear them, but I don't respond quickly. cry

I also have been forgetting something I was going to say quite often. It almost always comes back to me fairly quick, but not as quick as it used to would have. I would assume it is derealization or something like that, but I also think it could be like ADD, or ADHD, because I seem to get distracted easily lately. cry

I've been telling myself not to get too worked up about it and not freak out and think that it's something reallyawful. But it still has caused a significant amount of stress and anxiety. I've had it under control quite well lately, so this happening is kind of out of the blue. I'm trying to not type to long about it cause I'm starting to get anxious and tingly like I'm about to panic, and am trying to reverse my thoughts. But I really need some advice on this please. cry cry

It's also quite bad timing, because my life is going quite well right now, actually, and I am more optimistic about my future than I have been in about 6 months.

All responses are greatly appreciated.. I am kind of at a loss.

Thank you so much and God Bless.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
The more you think about it, the worse it's going to be. I basically drive for a living and half of it is like I went through a wormhole. That's normal. It doesn't even have to be on a freeway for that to happen.

I forget things, too, to the point that I often sound like a fool. But if you pay attention to other people they do the same thing.

Relax. Don't get so caught up in this stuff.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am with debaser here. I think this is a fairly common practice. I drive the same way to work everyday and I think it just gets really comfortable and you just don't pay as much attention. I wouldn't worry about it. It sounds pretty common. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/6/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
This happens to me a lot too. I have forgotten my kids were in the back seat and almost drove them to work with me...among other things. I carry around a small notepad now and write everything down. I also try to have my thoughts in wiritng before meetings at work. That helps me not to get stuck mid-thought.
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I think most people do that. I know when I used to drive medium distances for work, I'd suddenly "come to" and not know where I was, whether I'd passed my exit or what. I had to drive until I saw something familiar before I knew where I was.

Really, those things point out that you concentrate well, which is a valuable trait.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys soooo much! You have no idea how relieved I am to know that I'm not alone or losing it. You guys are so great and I'm so pleased at all of your responses!

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