This is my 2nd thread. And already i’ve learned so much and i’m almost there for applying for my CDL. I just have one more question. I use to have a history of depression and anxiety, Ive took countless antidepressants, and anti psychotics growing up. Thankfully I’m not depressed anymore, no more anxiety or anything. So I threw my piles down the drain about a year ago. Will they pull up my medical background and say i’m a psychopath? I’ve had history with going in and out medical centers for suicidal thoughts ect. But I haven’t been in the hospital for years thankfully again. Honestly ive never felt so better now that I met my wife 2 years ago. So my question is, should I still go for my CDL regardless of the background checks and will they search my medical history??
Thanks for taking the time to read. Any advice is appreciated.
Questions in regards to medical background for CDL
Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by JoseEduardo7, Dec 2, 2022.
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Concorde Road Train Member
- Jun 29, 2016
Your medical records are private, no one is going to search your history. Don’t offer more information than is necessary to fill out the questionnaire…in other words, don’t over think it.
I will warn you now, trucking will push you to your limits psychologically. Especially being OTR and particularly the first 6 months or so..
Make it the first six months and it gradually gets better.
If you can easily be triggered into a deep depression then trucking isn’t the best career. Anxiety, you’ll get a daily dose of that.
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tscottme Road Train Member
- Jul 25, 2008
For me, trucking was ALWAYS an anxiety-filled job. There are lots of situations nobody trains you for and you may not know what to do when they happen. I found the people in trucking were the major problem. EVERYONE in shipping/receiving/trucking blames their lack of effort or performance on the man that is conveniently not here, the driver. The dispatcher will blame the driver for being late when she is talking to an angry customer looking for their freight, even when that dispatcher hasn't given that load to ANY driver yet. The last-shipping shipper will conveniently blame the driver when the receiver doesn't get the freight they shipped 6 hours late. Get ready to be blamed for the traffic in every city, the lack of truck parking in only 95% of the country, and be blamed for the bad weather when it causes you to be late for a pick-up or delivery. "You should have left earlier!" Earlier than the shipper shipped it?
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lual Road Train Member
- Oct 22, 2020
The above posts about anxiety are pretty much spot on.
Trucking is not a good choice for people who are not mentally tough.
That first year...to 18 months....will truly test your mettle.
Thrasher28 Light Load Member
- Aug 12, 2021
Medical certificate is pretty much voluntary info. It’s always my ritual of smoking a cigarette before going inside and checking ‘no’ on the ‘do you smoke?’ question. Trucking companies might request your long form for your medical certificate and that’s that.
But as someone with pretty bad anxiety and bouts of depression, trucking honestly made it more manageable. The independence and enough alone time to drive most people insane ended up being my therapy. It’s a stressful job for sure, but I think the stress is what keeps it interesting. Pretty rewarding when it seems like there’s no way you’ll get where you need to be on time, but you end up making it with minutes to spare.JoseEduardo7 Thanks this.