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 some opinions on my own predicament. There seems to be quite the knowledge base here, and I would greatly appreciate any input. Like many others, I have wanted to fly my entire life and will soon be in a financial position to do so. I would strongly prefer to get my PPL. I want to someday have my own C-182 and be able to fly across the country on a whim without worrying too much about cargo capacity or weather conditions (within reason). I understand this requires a third class medical certificate, and that I should speak to an AME who can evaluate my case without actually "pulling the trigger". I am aware that my case will probably require the assistance of an expert, and that I should choose my AME wisely. First, I do not intend to lie to or mislead the FAA about anything. Absolutely zero chance. I like to account for every possible risk factor when making decisions, and I hate gimmicks. Secondly, I am aware of and have looked into the LSA license. Worst case scenario, this is the route I will take, with the expectation that some heavier aircraft will fall into this class once the FAA finishes whatever they are doing at the end of 2023. Third, I am aware of the battery of tests I will be required to take. I found an awesome write-up around here somewhere with a list of the tests. I plan on studying and practicing any way I can, along with increasing my exercise regimen to get in tip-top mental condition. I apologize for the long post. I have recently acquired my entire medical history, and even called afterwards to verify that nothing could be missing. I have tried to organize my background the best that I can: 2000-2001, 10-12 years old (ADHD) My mother took me to see my pediatrician, because I wasn't turning in assignments during middle school. The pediatrician said I had ADHD and tried to medicate me, but I refused the medication at the time. I knew that I didn't need it, and that I was just lazy about turning in assignments. Since I did well on exams, my teachers always let me progress to the next grade despite typically failing their classes. I went to the same provider from birth to adulthood, and I have all of my medical records. It is not clear to me if I was ever actually tested for ADHD, if I was, no record of it apparently exists. 2002-2007, 13-17 years old (DL Suspension from Speeding, Battery Conviction) While in high school, I began to feel that my academic performance mattered, and as a result, I obtained pretty good grades - mostly A's and B's and sometimes in classes like AP physics. I was never medicated or seen by a doctor regarding mental health issues during this time period. However, my home life was rough, and I ended up on the streets when I was 16/17. I bought myself a used car for $750 bucks and lived in it. I ended up getting mixed up with some bad people, and I made some really bad choices. I was careless, rebellious, and racked up half a dozen criminal charges in a six month period of time. I ultimately ended up pleading guilty to a felony battery when I was 17 in a plea deal (2006). Additionally, and in the same time period, I got several speeding tickets and my license was suspended for six months. Since this short phase of my life, by any objective measure, I have been an upstanding and productive citizen who contributes to society as much as I can. 2009-2011, 19-20 years old (Anxiety, Depression) I began waiting tables at a restaurant in order to pay for part-time classes at a community college. Approaching tables made me pretty anxious for a while at first, and during a routine physical I mentioned this to my doctor who prescribed me Zoloft to deal with the anxiety. I took it for maybe a couple of weeks and stopped. At a later appointment in this time period, he prescribed it to me again, but I don't believe I even picked it up from the pharmacy. In my medical file, the doctor noted "anxiety, nervousness, and depression". To be clear, I am not and have never been depressed. By 2012, it was made clear in my medical file that I no longer suffer anxiety of any kind. This is the only time in my medical history I see the term depression and anxiety is never discussed again. 2012-2021, 21-32 years old (ADHD, Adderall) After studying business at a community college for a few years, I transferred to a university and began studying finance and MIS. After a semester or two, I mentioned to my doctor that I sometimes find myself spacing out during class, and that I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child (I was seeking medication). He put me on Concerta, which I eventually stopped taking, but later on we switched to Adderall, which I have continued to take to this day. I have continued to take it, because my career is pretty intellectually demanding and I wanted to wait until I was in a good place to stop taking the medication (withdrawal involves pretty severe sluggishness). I don't think I need the medication though; I am not even sure I have ADHD. I have always figured that even if the benefits of taking the medication are marginal, I might as well. I have a reasonably high IQ. There are remarks like "no cognitive deficits", "good eye contact", and "good attention span" all over my medical file, and during periods of time where I was doing well in school. The only real deficit in this area I may have, is that sometimes it seems like I have trouble processing sound. I was given an OWL test when I was a child and scored pretty low, like around 70 (100 is average). My actual hearing is fine though, and this has never really inhibited me from doing anything, just something I have noticed. So is it doable? Any thoughts? AME suggestions? Again, sorry for the long post, and thanks for any advice!