For many people when they are first diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder, driving is no longer an option, especially if you have seizures. Your doctor will be able to advise on whether you are able to continue driving or not. It is vital that you inform the DVLA about your condition. It can be very frustrating not being able to drive but don’t be tempted to get behind the wheel, even for a short trip to drop the kids off at school, if your doctor has advised against it.You may be entitled to a free bus pass. Contact your local authority to find out how to apply for the pass and what the conditions are as they vary from area to area.
However, as your condition begins to improve, you may feel able to get back behind the wheel. In the first instance, speak to your doctor and/or specialist as they will be able to advise you. Once you have had this discussion, get in touch with the DVLA who will explain what you need to do to reinstate your licence. Be aware that it may be a lengthy process. Don’t forget to contact your insurance company and make sure that you are covered, being careful to explain your condition clearly as many have never heard of FND. If it has been a long time since you last drove, you may like to consider booking one or two driving lessons just to help you get your confidence back.
- Neurological Disorders: Assessing fitness to drive (includes non-epileptic/dissociative seizures)