Hi everyone, another mental health question for you.
I just had my application rejected on medical grounds (antidepressant use for 24 months) and was wondering if I should try to appeal. My reasons for appealing would be that I haven't been symptomatic or medicated in two years, and am currently a healthy weight.
I was previously bulimic and had 2 episodes of self harm with about a year to 1.5 years in between them. The eating disorder developed while I was in school (I was tired of being called fat and have a tendency to overdo things) and wavered between peaks of severity over a few years, culminating in a leave of absence from university four years ago.
However, I was never hospitalised or dangerously underweight. I took antidepressants and underwent 12 sessions of CBT, and my last prescription for any psychiatric medication was two years ago. I consider myself recovered, and my last episode of self harm was over three years ago (or thereabouts.) I've maintained a healthy weight since then and have no issues with recurring symptoms or troubling thoughts- in fact I have reason to think that the medication I was previously prescribed only worsened my mental state. Since being off the meds I feel better and more stable than I ever did before.
I read the JSP-950 Annexe L and the guidelines for Bulimia, and am wondering if I need to wait for another two years before re-applying, or if I should even bother? In the guidelines on the army website it didn't mention eating disorders and implied just a 2-year period of recovery. I'm in my early twenties so it would be possible to hold off, but obviously I would prefer to apply sooner rather than later given that I'm about to graduate university.
Thanks, and apologies for oversharing!
Apply, expect to get rejected and appeal if you have relevant clinical evidence that will support. It’s unlikely enough time will of elapsed at this stage- manage your expectations.