First, the basics: I have a 40% Service-Connected rating with the VA for PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Tinnitus, Insomnia, and a Chronic Lower Thoracic Strain. I have historically taken a myriad of medications (the VA hands meds out like candy on Halloween), including multiple SSRIs (one-at-a-time) and Ambien. I took Ambien on/off as needed from 2010 to 2013 and antidepressants/anxiolytics until 2017. I continued with CBT off-meds for about a year and then transitioned from outpatient mental health to a Psychologist with my primary care team instead, primarily focused on mindfulness. I discontinued seeing her at all in late 2019. My timeline: 3/6/2020 - Decided I wanted to learn to fly. Began researching and realized I would have problems with the medical. Found a local HIMS AME to work with, figuring it would be best to start with a HIMS AME right from the beginning. The pandemic was starting to take hold and I decided to wait until the pandemic was over before proceeding. 9/26/2020 - Got sick of waiting for a pandemic that would likely not be ending anytime soon. Emailed back and forth with my AME and set up an appointment to go get my deferral. 10/14/2020 - Went for my first flight lesson after acknowledging with the flight school that I understood the cost risk associated with training without first having obtained my medical. 10/17/2020 - Third Class Medical Exam. Annoyed by the "tell me the direction the 'C' is pointing" test, but otherwise unremarkable. Came prepared with all my medical records, but the AME didn't want to see any of them. Was told to just hang onto them for when the FAA asked for them. 10/28/2020 - Received letter from the FAA regional office saying they could not determine my eligibility for a medical certificate. They asked for mental health treatment records, a status letter from my Psychologist, and a personal statement of the symptoms, treatment, and decision to discontinue treatment. 10/29/2020 - Mailed requested documents back to the regional office. I didn't have a personal statement written but had already gathered the rest in anticipation of the things they would ask for. The personal statement was difficult as I wanted to balance answering their questions with factual information and not volunteering anything they didn't ask so as to avoid multiple rounds of waiting for correspondence. I spent around 3 hours perfecting my personal statement. 12/5/2020 - Received my third-class medical certificate in the mail. So, yes, you can get a medical certificate with these things--and if you prepare your records in advance, respond quickly, and make sure to focus on exactly what the FAA wants from you, it doesn't even take that long.