Depression

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  1. mpassint

    mpassint New Member

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    So last summer and fall I had a rough few months and was treated for depression. I was on antidepressants for about three and a half months, in addition to visiting a counselor maybe six or seven times. I passed my preliminary medical exam in early January. I received a request from Concorde to do solve some remedial questions involving my depression; they requested to see my medical records. In my records it talks about my situation and how I was thinking. Also, at the end it mentioned how I told my doctor than I smoked marijuana two years ago, didn't like it and hadn't done it since. So my question is how big of a problem is it that I have those two things in my medical exam? What can I do to better my chances of passing this medical road bump?

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  2. Tkaler

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    Did you disclose your marijuana usage during your interview? If not, this could be a very large problem.
    If you did, I still see a waiver unlikely as depression and mental conditions are usually big red flags from my experience.
    However, these are just my assumptions and I am in no way an expert.
     
  3. EDelahanty

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    Your history is what it is. I hope you're not looking for someone here to suggest you omit disclosure of your previous marijuana use.

    As to Tkaler's "big red flags", this appears to be an uninformed opinion which you should feel free to ignore. You didn't indicate which branch you are seeking to enter, and there may be some differences among them in terms of standards. Current "major depression" does not meet the Army medical standard (Army Reg 40-501) nor does a previous history of mood disorders which exceed a six month period. Not being an expert either, I don't know what the cut off date is for "current" or what the technical difference is between "major depression" and other types. Medication for certain disorders including but not limited to ADD/ADHD during the last 12 months also does not meet the standard, but I don't know if this would include depression.

    You shouldn't hide anything, but if your doctor could submit a letter stating that your condition was temporary and is no longer applicable, it would probably be helpful.
     
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