Mental Health Past. Possible to get medical?

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Mental Health Past. Possible to get medical?

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Hello, I am 25, and I want to be a commercial pilot. I love flying so even if that’s not possible, I still want to fly recreationally. I have started flight training and got the news back my class one medical has been denied. They went on to say the medications coupled with my diagnosis makes me unfit for any area of aviation. So I can’t get any category. However, they did say if the diagnosis (bipolar II) is in question, which it is, I could send in paper work. When I did my medical, I mentioned I would be coming off the medication I was on, which I have.

Bit of context, my home life was complicated growing up, I didn’t know how to properly take care of myself or cope with adversity. From 15-20 I was given a number of different diagnosis from different doctors. I had 2 suicide attempts. They said depression, anxiety, add, and decided on bipolar II in the end. I think this was because at the time I was smoking pot and drinking constantly. After I was finally able to move away from my parents place, I got the help I needed, went to rehab and learned the skills I needed to be an adult. I learned how to eat right, excessive, manage emotions and kept only the positive people in my life. I have been sober, happy, stable and healthy for 5 years now. I have so many personal references for this, but the issue is I haven’t seen any doctors, expect for the one a year ago helping me come off my meds, who agreed my diagnosis might have been because of my circumstances at the time.

So I guess my question is, with all this in my past, if I show them I’m stable with no medication, is it possible I might be able to get a medical, even just a class 3/4? Has anyone else been through something like this? Also, open to the idea that perhaps this just isn’t possible for me.
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If you could get a doctor( and its going to have to be a psychiatrist) to say that you are not symptomatic and not taking any meds and that the Bipolar was probably not an accurate diagnosis you may have a chance. Even if he says it was probably anxiety or depression instead of Bipolar that would help because Transport is ok with a previous anxiety or depression diagnosis as long as it is in full remission. But you are better off talking to an CAME(civil aviation medical examiner) who is experienced in difficult cases. Try Dr. Brendan Adams(he is Calgary but he does telephone consults) at https://www.aviationdoc.com/
or Dr. Trevor Gillmore in Toronto. But I would definitely not spend any more money in flight training until you know what, if any, medical category you can get.
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Man, it sucks having had to grow up in a situation like that. Good for you in getting your life back on track and starting to think about the future.
It can only be better for you going forward.

Being a commercial pilot is not all that is cracked up to be, my friend, there is a lot of inherent stress and many anxious moments on a daily basis sometimes. Often enough the only way to mitigate that is by having a drink or two at the end of the day.
Sometimes more than one or two.
The same applies to law enforcement, first responders, and on and on.

Now, I would be thinking of a more stable and less stressful vocation like a down to earth trade where you are home with your family at night, every night and are less likely to be reminded of the early stresses in your life.

I am done with the intense stresses and strains of a life lived at full speed, in the fast lane. Now, I am very stress averse and seek the peace and quiet of an ancient calling tending a flock of sheep...

In the end, you will decide what suits you best, and I wish you a good life.
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As I understood, you have been stable since you moved off from your parents. It may be that the circumstances in that time affected you and were the cause of your behavior. I had a similar problem: I had a diagnosis - borderline personality disorder (during my teens' age). At that time, I had great problems with my parents, weeds, and bad company. That's why I thought that all these facts affected my mentality. When I grew up, I decided to become a flight attendant, but there was a problem with my therapy and the diagnosis.
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