Trucker Therapy Blog

What Do My Trucker Clients Look Like?

At least 80% of my trucker clients have problems with loneliness because many are away from home for weeks at a time.  If the driver is in a relationship, then communication problems are more likely due to the distance.  My clients often communicate via text and since tone of voice and body language is not present, there is a greater chance for arguments and miscommunications.  My clients also are more likely to have depressive concerns because of the isolation of being on the road.

 

What is depression?

Depression is one of the most common conditions I see in the trucking industry.  Missing home, disagreements with loved ones, problems with dispatchers, isolation, and general boredom are all common factors that can lead to depression.

 

What is depression?  It when you feel down-in-the-dumps for an extended period of time.  This can cause a variety of symptoms:

 

Headaches

Feelings of hopelessness

Lack of energy

Irritability/anger

Lack of concentration

Slow movement

Weight gain or loss

Crying spells

Grief in the Trucking Industry

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of death in the trucking industry.  It is very difficult to hear about these tragedies and often even more difficult to know how to respond to a fellow trucker and their family who has lost a loved one.  Often, one does not know what to say when someone loses a loved one.  Sometimes, we find ourselves rambling or regretting what we utter when we are just trying to find a way to comfort someone who is grieving. 

 

Are You Missing Home?

I once had driver who told me that if you need a haircut while you are on the road, you’ve been on the road for too long.  I think he has some pretty good advice.  How often do you make it home?  How long do you stay once you get there?

 

Think Warm During These Cold Times

Truckers certainly have to deal with the winter weather more than the average person.  Not only is it harder to stay warm in the truck, but there are more cold related mechanical problems, bad road conditions, and the sheer pain of having to work in the cold weather.

TRUCKING SOLUTIONS GROUP ANNOUNCES DRIVER LED GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO BRING A MOBILE MAMMOGRAM UNIT TO THE GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW

For Immediate Release

LAKEWOOD, Colorado, May 13, 2015 - The Trucking Solutions Group announced today a fundraising campaign to raise money to cover the cost of mammograms for those CDL holders attending the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Tx.

"Mind Over Matter" on the Tim Ridley Show

I'm a regular on the Tim Ridley Show (SiriusXM Road Dog Channel) where I talk about managing stress, anger, and relationships specifically related to the trucking industry.

Get Financial Help for Medical Problems

Are you a truck driver who needs financial help due to medical problems?

Do you want to help truck drivers in this type of situation?

ST. CHRISTOPHER TRUCKERS DEVELOPMENT & RELIEF FUND CARES ABOUT DRIVERS: DO YOU?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Kennedy, Ph.D. St. Christopher Fund

865-202-9428 director@truckersfund.org

ST. CHRISTOPHER TRUCKERS DEVELOPMENT & RELIEF FUND CARES ABOUT DRIVERS: DO YOU?

Drivers in Need More Than Ever

Ruck to Recovery

A great friend and Best Man of my wedding is doing an amazing walk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Travis Good writes:

"In October I plan to Walk/Ruck for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness.

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