1. G

    Fact or Fiction: FAA Continues to Remove Barriers/Reduce Stigma for Mental Illness in Pilots

    Clearly, many pilots are frustrated with the FAA's policy on history of mental health conditions (primarily ADHD & depression/anxiety). But there have been many changes in the last few years that seem to be removing barriers and reducing stigma in the area of mental health. A few examples: *...
  2. T

    FAA's Beef with ADHD

    I did some searching before asking this but most posts on ADHD are about having ADHD and getting cleared by medical, but I'm wondering if anyone knows why the FAA seems to have had such a historically strong disdain for ADHD? The new process for clearing people who have had an ADHD diagnosis in...
  3. A

    ADHD - anny chance I’ll be able to avoid the neuropsych testing?

    Like many here I was deferred due to a past adhd diagnosis but my history with it is very minor so I’m wondering if there’s any chance I can get off without needing the lengthy and expensive testing. Background - I didn’t have any history of adhd while growing up but decided to get checked...
  4. A

    Misdiagnosis — I Need Advice

    About two years ago, I went to a psychiatrist or psychologist (I can’t remember which, and he diagnosed me with Borderline Personality Disorder, ADHD, and hinted at Bipolar. I’ve since started my aviation journey, thinking nothing of it, and need to get my medical clearance. I know I won’t pass...
  5. Y

    FAA 1st Class medical Deferral

    Hello all! new to the forum but have been poking around other related posts for awhile now. My situation is this. I was diagnosed with add in middle school,i was struggling in class and my parents thought it would be a good idea to get me drugged up. 1 appointment later I was prescribed adderal...
  6. Palmpilot

    Sport Pilot and ADHD/Autism Spectrum Disorder

    For the purpose of sport-pilot operations, I'm wondering how a teenager with ADHD and/or autism spectrum disorder, who now holds a drivers license, could determine whether he meets the requirement of 14 CFR 61.23(c)(2)(iv) to "Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would...
  7. H

    Another “Can I Pass Medical With This Litany of Issues?” Post

    Hello, I am a software engineer in my early thirties living in south Florida seeking any information and assistance that could help me acquire my pilot's license. This topic has already been discussed many times on this forum and others, and I have probably read them all, but I wanted to get...
  8. S

    ADHD / 3rd class medical GUT PUNCH -- questions.

    I was diagnosed with adult ADD in my late 20's and have been for short periods on stimulant meds-- come to find out, that's a no-go with the FAA. In order to get my 3rd class medical, I need to get a neuropsychological exam and get all of my records regarding ADHD treatment to my AME, and need...
  9. Tyler Grommesh

    ADHD Special Issuance

    @bbchien I’ve been perusing the forums for cases similar to mine. I have a childhood ADHD diagnosis and also a deferred class one medical application. I never would’ve thought in a million years that the FAA would consider it a disqualifying condition. I’m terrified that I’ll never be allowed...
  10. P

    ADHD + sleep apnea special issuance success in 5 months

    After 5 months, I finally have my third class medical :) Absolutely stoked to start flight training. Here's my journey: December 2020 - Fill out MedXPress, I already knew I'd get deferred. Visited AME, got Deferred. January - FAA request for medical records. Gather CPAP compliance reports...
  11. P

    ADHD neuropsychologist exam preparation? brain games?

    Hey everybody, I'm going for my third class and had an ADHD diagnosis from childhood (age 10, i'm 24 now). I'm pretty confident I've outgrown it (have been unmedicated for 5 years, work fulltime without issue, decent grades, no car accidents for 4 years, no depression) but just wanted to get...
  12. Z

    ADHD and Basic Med

    So I am a prospective student pilot. I recently graduated college and with my new found time and resources I finally have the opportunity to start working on my PPL. I recently discovered however that my ADHD diagnosis would be a major hinderance. During college I sought a diagnosis for ADHD...
  13. C

    Long Time Lurker with ADD Success Story

    I've spent considerable amount of time in the medical portion of this forum and have read about a lot of people's struggles with certification. Specifically, the individuals with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis and the processes that people have gone through with varying results. I thought I would share...
  14. M

    How should I get the ball rolling, or is it worth it?

    Hi. I'm a Senior in HS thinking about becoming a CFII. I have several otherwise disqualifying conditions though. When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. I was also diagnosed with ADHD at 8; but I believe that I was misdiagnosed seeing as how it is hard to distinguish...
  15. J

    Psychiatric meds questions

    Hey all, From my online research, I'm worried about two red flags with my medical records that might bar me from ever flying. 1st: Is it possible to get a medical while taking Lamictal (or if I get off, having previously taken it) for seasonal depression? Official uses are to treat seizures...
  16. A

    Med Xpress ADHD

    Hey just have a few questions because I'm not sure what steps I should take to resolve this problem. Since i was prescribed ADHD meds in high school my local AME told me all I have to do is get re evaluated from the psychiatrist that prescribed me them, have her write a letter saying I'm fine...
  17. A

    Medical First Exam & ADHD

    Any recommendations on AME’s?
  18. J

    Childhood ADHD and Anxiety diagnosis

    I have read many stories of people with childhood diagnosis made by some quack psychologists being able to get re-evaluated as an adult, get the diagnosis overturned, and get certified. I am basically trying to do the same thing, having recently stopped medication for ADHD and anxiety. My main...
  19. mirbill22

    Been diagnosed with ADHD

    Ever since I was little iv always wanted to be a private pilot but I was diagnosed with ADHD in middle school and was prescribed Concerta but iv haven't taken it since the 1st semester of college but then i heard that adhd disqualify me. I was going to go after my PPL after i got a decent job...