Anxiety/mood disorder DQ

KAWilliams5

New Member
So today I found out that I've been DQd by DoDMERB for a kidney stone I had when I was younger and two old diagnoses of anxiety and depression. I was tested for ROTC purposes it's my understanding that because of this a waiver review will start automatically. I have been off of my antidepressants/anxiety meds for about two months now. Is there any chance I'll get a waiver for those two things? How long does the review typically take? And what do I do if I don't get one? Do I still get any of my scholarships or a place in the battalion this fall?
 

Jcc123

5-Year Member
Unfortunately, Anxiety and depression are typically non-waiverable conditions. Should that be the case here, you would not receive a scholarship. You would be allowed to take freshman and sophomore level ROTC classes if you choose, but will not be offered a contract and, as such, would be unable to commission.

Sorry to say the odds are not in your favor. Best of luck to you.
 

KAWilliams5

New Member
Unfortunately, Anxiety and depression are typically non-waiverable conditions. Should that be the case here, you would not receive a scholarship. You would be allowed to take freshman and sophomore level ROTC classes if you choose, but will not be offered a contract and, as such, would be unable to commission.

Sorry to say the odds are not in your favor. Best of luck to you.
Could I reapply for the entire program at a later date, say next year, with better odds? Or will it always be an issue regardless of how far removed I am time wise from the diagnosis/cession of my medication?
 

MohawkArmyROTC

Recruiting Operations Officer
You definitely won't get a waiver now as it has only been two months since you took the anti depressants. The diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and depression will always be an issue. If you ever made a suicidal ideation, then that is non-waiverable.
 

Pima

10-Year Member
If I recall correctly you need to be off the meds for 2 years and maintain your grades. DoDMERB exams are valid for 2 yrs, thus even reapplying next yr they would take this yrs DoDMERB results regarding your anxiety/depression.
 

Jcc123

5-Year Member
If I recall correctly you need to be off the meds for 2 years and maintain your grades. DoDMERB exams are valid for 2 yrs, thus even reapplying next yr they would take this yrs DoDMERB results regarding your anxiety/depression.
That's typically for ADD/ADHD diagnoses. I don't believe there's a statute of limitations on anxiety/depression.
 

brob

Member
I was told by my a recruiting officer there are 3 criteria to obtain a waiver for anxiety disorder. I think they are:
1. no hospitalization for anxiety
2. no suicidal threats or attempts
3. no medication for one year
 

MabryPsyD

Dr. G.
5-Year Member
I was told by my a recruiting officer there are 3 criteria to obtain a waiver for anxiety disorder. I think they are:
1. no hospitalization for anxiety
2. no suicidal threats or attempts
3. no medication for one year
Anxiety and suicidal ideations are not synonymous. One might get a waiver for the depressive disorder is enough time has passed without incident, but one really can't say "I'm cured" from anxiety since it's situational. Anxiety disorders don't miraculously improve when one goes off meds and particularly when one is exposed to military stressors.
 
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