Can I Still Become a Pilot If I Have Psychotic Depression?

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by uns4, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    Except that the FAA made sure that no one would never have the data to be able to make a valid analysis. ( I suspect most likely due to bureaucratic laziness, but non the less, that's what they did.)

    Now, for "disqualifying" conditions - if there is a medical reason that makes a person not safe to operate a Cub, they sure as aich ee double hocky sticks don't belong behind the wheel of an automobile. Where is the hue and cry over "those people" driving cars?
     
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    No reason for the rest of us to not have some fun.
     
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    I've known lots of guys who claimed to have psychotic girlfriends.
     
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    Personally, I suggest sticking to ultralights (if anything at all). Even that would be only after getting your shrink's okay and "renewing" it on occasion by asking if he or she still thinks you can safely fly them.

    FAA is intentionally vague regarding whether or how various conditions apply to flying SP, inevitably responding to requests for clarification with something very closely along the lines of "talk to your doctor about it and decide." But most conditions aren't as universally, unequivocally, and permanently disqualifying as psychosis. There are protocols that can get a pilot back in the air again after diagnoses of common conditions such as diabetes, kidney stones, depression without psychosis, cancer, heart disease, and so forth. There is no protocol for psychosis. It would be tough to self-certify that one without putting your certificate (and possibly your freedom or your life) at risk.

    Ultralights, on the other hand, don't require you to certify to anything at all. There are rules, but none of them require signing on any dotted lines. That doesn't mean you wouldn't have to use good sense and clear it with your shrink, but you wouldn't be risking any legal actions for falsely self-certifying.

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    50 responses to a troll! lol
     
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    Possibly. But there are others in cyberspace who may have the same or similar questions, and POA usually comes up first in search results for such queries.

    Rich
     
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    Well with responses like we all get from the gallery, wouldn't you leave the scene too?
     
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    It's possible OP isn't a troll. Having already had a psychotic episode by the time you are a senior in high school is not that rare, and wanting to fly at that age isn't either. And if you hadn't yet done the research into a medical and just google a forum to post a question, you would easily come up with PoA and end up here. It feels like a troll to us because we have for years known the facts so have trouble wrapping our minds around a newbie OP ignorant of something we think is obvious like you aren't allowed to fly if you have a history of psychosis, but that obvious fact is by no means obvious to the general public. If it's controlled with meds and you haven't had an episode in years, it's perfectly reasonable to assume maybe you could fly just like you can with well controlled diabetes or drive a car with well controlled epilepsy. Perfectly reasonable question for a newbie.

    Having said that, sure it's possibly a troll. The profile saying male while the post speaking of a boyfriend casts some suspicion but there is no reason to think there can be no such thing as a gay male teen who wants to fly and has some medical history. Or for that matter a newbie just setting up the profile wrong.

    I always answer as if the OP is for real because if he/she is, then we do them a disservice by being rude and if they are a troll no harm done, and info is posted for others' edification. One thing I am certain of is that many who come here will read but never post and it's easy to see why.
     
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    I really hope not.....
     
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    I got your joke.....and it made me laugh!
     
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    I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and thus tend to think the OP was asking a serious question and reasonably expected a respectful reply. If he is a gay high school senior interested in becoming a certificated pilot, he is certainly not alone and should be treated with the same courtesy you would wish to have if it were you asking the question.

    http://www.ngpa.org/
     
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    Not all of the replies are to the OP. Same with any thread.
     
  17. uns4

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    I am OP, sorry for taking so long to reply.

    I am not a troll, and I am a gay male.

    Thank you for all your responses. When I get more serious about flying I will talk to an AME and consider careers other than flying.
     
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    Well the OP is not a troll....no wonder she didn’t come back! The board membership does more to inhibit participation than you all know....

    Some of the posts are at nicest, off color...:(


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