Confused as to whether non-medicated ADHD counts as a neurological disorder

Discussion in 'Medical Topics' started by Yesman, Sep 18, 2021.

  1. Yesman

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    I know that ADHD medication poses a clear problem to class 3 medical certs. However, I have not used any medication for ADHD since roughly 2008. As I am filling out the application on medxpress, I don’t see any mentioned of ADHD as a “neurological condition” and I don’t see why I would have to report something that is not specifically mentioned, I am not treated or accommodated for, and frankly doesn’t significantly affect my day to day life. Is not mentioning ADHD a mistake? Will my AME find out this history and mention it anyway?

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  2. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    A) It counts - the FAA's position appears to be that if you ever had a diagnosis, you likely have ADD and are unfit for a medical unless you can prove otherwise. Medication or not.

    B) The neurological condition question ends with "etc."
     
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    Use the search function. There are tons of threads on this subject. I wouldn’t complete the MedExpress until you learn some more about the process and what it will take to get you certified. To answer your question, I don’t know if the AME will find it but the FAA sure will, especially if there’s ever an incident. You don’t want to keep this from them.
     
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    Oh, forgot.

    Sport Pilot.

    You're welcome.
     
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    Consider this paragraph from Appendix B of the MedXpress User Guide:

    21.12 m. Mental disorders of any sort: depression, anxiety, etc.
    Also, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder,
    obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress
    disorder, psychosis.​

    Even if it weren't for that, it would have to be disclosed in 18x:

    21.18 x. Other illness, disability, or surgery
    Any illness(es), disability(ies), or surgery(ies) not already reported in Item 18.​

    [emphasis added]

    https://medxpress.faa.gov/MedXpress/Content/Docs/MedXPressUsersGuide.pdf
     
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    I agree.
     
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    ...and it will be up to you to show that this was a medical condition never requiring treatment.

    And I'm pretty sure they'll not accept that it's "not a condition".

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