Hello, just wondering what people's thoughts and advice are regarding my situation. I've taken interest in the idea of becoming a recreational pilot but have not taken any steps to do so as I'm still doing research. The only potential obstacle I see currently is obtaining a third class medical license due to an extensive past medical history. During my sophomore year of high school I went into a poor mental state due to a number of circumstances; some of which were out of my control and others I take some responsibility for. Anyway, I eventually went to outpatient care for two weeks and was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and major depressive disorder in addition to an early child diagnosis of ADD. I was asked quite a bit by psychiatrists, and they reported some things that look very negative on my medical records. To keep things short, I had some thoughts involving violent situations which could be accidentally misinterpreted as the capacity to harm others. Now, the discharge report states it does not in any way suspect me of being violent, as I have no history of committing violent acts, and no signs of doing so in the future. But for the doctor evaluating these records for eligibility may ignore the discharge report and decide from the notes alone, that I'm some sort of schizophrenic or sociopath and immediately deny me. After discharge I took three different medications for each of the three diagnoses until the start of junior year. The medications made things significantly worse for my mental state, specifically the antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications. The depression got worse and I had a few episodes of cutting. I was caught and went to inpatient for a week. On my medical records it was shown I went to inpatient for being "suicidal". I'm being completely honest here; I was probably in the worst state I had ever been in at the time, but it was in no way, shape, or form, a suicide attempt. This took place at the end of sophomore year and I went off of all prescription medication shortly afterwards due to my situation. My depression lifted and my anxiety was overcome and I have never self-harmed since. Zoom ahead to modern day, and I'm 18 and graduated high school. I'm attending college for an electrical engineering degree. Not only do I have an incredibly strong interest in flying, but a recreational pilot's license would look great when applying for a job. Couple of other things I want to say; Going off of all prescription medication did not hinder my academic performance. I was diagnosed with asthma in the second grade, not sure why. I have never used in inhaler and go on daily runs with no breathing problems whatsoever. When I was first diagnosed with ADD, I was put on a stimulant medication but changed to a non-stimulant medication in the seventh grade. I understand that these are very specific circumstances and I'm fine with being referred to a doctor or someone who can offer me a more valid opinion. And if something doesn't make sense, ask me in the comments for additional information. Thanks for your time folks.