barred for depression?

biceps02

Newbie
Perhaps you are right. A GP is not qualified to assess mental health. The letter accompanying the invitation for a medical however, stated that if one has a condition listed on the Guidance Notes, they should supply additional medical details from their doctor. It would have been good practice for him to seek this information so as to have accurate information as whether the severity, duration, and treatment met the specified exclusion criteria.
 

JonnoJonno

Banned
bicepts02 said:
Perhaps you are right. A GP is not qualified to assess mental health. The letter accompanying the invitation for a medical however, stated that if one has a condition listed on the Guidance Notes, they should supply additional medical details from their doctor. It would have been good practice for him to seek this information so as to have accurate information as whether the severity, duration, and treatment met the specified exclusion criteria.

Idiot
 

cat11narctic

Midshipman
The list would not be exhaustive. They'll be stringent on certain conditions especially ones that would pose a 'risk' when put under pressure or in a stressful environment.
 

cat11narctic

Midshipman
You said your counselling ended last August, you might want to try to suggest to them to give you an opportunity to re apply after a certain period has elapsed, that might help.
 
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angrydoc

Guest
Thanks for the advice on how to run the Royal Navy recruiting service - I'm sure your comments will be well received.

You seem to have thrown your toys out of the pram a bit because things haven't gone the way you expected them to. The GP you saw doesn't have to assess your mental health - all s/he has to do is make sure you don't have a medical condition which is on our "watch-list". Depression is on it - I'm sure I don't need to spell out the reasons we don't particularly want to recruit depressed people into the Armed Forces.

It is interesting that you say the GP is not qualified regarding mental health issues (which is tosh, because they are - I think it's about 30% of GP consultations which are mental health related), yet you are!

Depression is counted as severe if it lasts longer than 12 weeks. Why 12 weeks? Don't have a clue, but that is what the psychiatrists have said. Although you state you were only depressed for a month, your treatment lasted longer. Whatever form that counselling took, it was still treatment for your depression. Life coaching etc is a valid treatment for low mood, as you have to be guided through how to live your life without falling back into a depressive episode.

The guidelines state the episode must be shorter than 12 weeks, and be 2 years ago. This is why you failed your medical. No amount of appealing will change this, as you cannot appeal this standard.

There is a lot more unhappiness at the mo when people are failed medically - I answer either a forum post or PM approximately weekly in reply to a request for appeal. I will say what I have said to many - the Royal Navy is not an employment agency that must employ you - we will take in who fulfills our criteria. If you don't fulfill the criteria, then it's a no I'm afraid.

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