Advice and info needed, please.

Stumpy4154

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A friends daughter is looking at joining up but has been on anti-depressants (citalopram20mg), more for anxiety issues rather than actual depression, since November 2015. Will this be an obstacle against joining or would she have to come off them and "get clean" so to speak before she could be considered. She takes them to stop panic attacks developing but I have only know her to have two episodes and these have been small. Any information/advice gratefully accepted. Thanks in advance.
 
#3
yes it's going to be an issue.

A huge issue.
 
#4
Medical acceptance issue aside the Army is not going to make any mental health issues improve believe me.
 
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#6
Medical acceptance issue aside the Army is not going to make any mental health issues improve believe me.
I've come to the conclusion that you've had a bang on the head or something, and have no idea what you're posting.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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A friends daughter is looking at joining up but has been on anti-depressants (citalopram20mg), more for anxiety issues rather than actual depression, since November 2015. Will this be an obstacle against joining or would she have to come off them and "get clean" so to speak before she could be considered. She takes them to stop panic attacks developing but I have only know her to have two episodes and these have been small. Any information/advice gratefully accepted. Thanks in advance.
Hate to say it, but use the J-button (top right of your screen).

There are numerous threads about treatments for depression and how they will affect your chances of joining (that's the universal, not personal your). Essentially it'll be a no.
 

Stumpy4154

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Chaps, it's not me that's thinking of joining, I did my time 20 odd years ago. I have known her for a couple of years and she has always come across as fairly level headed/ sensible so I thought I'd ask those who had more of an up to date idea about these things.
 
#9
Chaps, it's not me that's thinking of joining, I did my time 20 odd years ago. I have known her for a couple of years and she has always come across as fairly level headed/ sensible so I thought I'd ask those who had more of an up to date idea about these things.
If currently on medication it's going to be a massive no. Beyond that it depends on the diagnosis, time off meds etc. It's in jsp 950.

search function is the answer there as I can't remember the exact details right now.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#10
Chaps, it's not me that's thinking of joining, I did my time 20 odd years ago. I have known her for a couple of years and she has always come across as fairly level headed/ sensible so I thought I'd ask those who had more of an up to date idea about these things.
I am afraid that your friend's answer is going to be the one that she doesn't want to hear, but you may as well take time to look at the stickies.
 
#11
The only way she will get a definite answer is applying then once she declares the medication she is on or the GP completes the RGMD (medical form) she will be medically deffered or rejected but at least it will give her an idea of timings etc......she would have to be off the medication though before she is deemed as potentially suitable however may find that what she is on would be a barr to entry. Only she and her GP/specialist will know if she needs to be on the medication in the first place.
 

Stumpy4154

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#12
Thanks chaps.
 
#13
Good luck to the lass: a change of environment can bring about a change of mentality. It (really, really) pisses me off going to Sainsbury's nowadays, and taking my young lad to PNE freaks me out (which is fairly understandable TBH), but there's something about being in a Unit that can soothe all that shit. Hope she gets in there and makes some friends, might make a huge difference . . .
 
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Good luck to the lass: a change of environment can bring about a change of mentality. It (really, really) pisses me off going to Sainsbury's nowadays, and taking my young lad to PNE freaks me out (which is fairly understandable TBH), but there's something about being in a Unit that can soothe all that shit. Hope she gets in there and makes some friends, might make a huge difference . . .
I don't know if you or the OP have forgotten about basic training, but with tons of shouting, PT, admin, unannounced inspections, no privacy and 5hrs sleep a day I doubt the lady is going to be level-headed and relaxed enough to get through 14 weeks of shit especially if she has been dependent on drugs to maintain her sanity. That's where the fun is only just beginning aswell, and the recruiters know this.
You have to be able to not only maintain a clear head, but you need to thrive in that environment aswell, otherwise you'll physically and mentally be monging it and won't be in the correct state of mind to be friendly with people. We've all been there but drugs and alcohol won't be there for you in the army (not in phase 1 anyway)
 

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