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  1. Hi,

    Can you join the Navy if you have been diagnosed with depression but received no treatment?
  2. It used to be part of the job spec. 8O
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Angrydoc will no-doubt provide a definitive guidance, but my understanding is you need to be clear of diagnosis and/or treatment by a set period in order to be passed fit to enter.

    There always seems to be "trendy" medical conditions on which people seem to wish to place a label - all of which can cause problems with regard medical suitability. Being a bit low can be confused with clinical depression, a person being a complete hoop can now claim to have ADHD & get money, IBS seems to be 'flavour' of the month for some, asthma & years of unnecessary repeat prescriptions is staggeringly common, self-harm is certainly cutting edge Haute Couture in the GP surgery at present, and the list goes on...

    The advice to those yet to visit the GP surgery & earn a label, is consider the severity of the condition, decide whether you really need to visit the doc... before it hinders your career prospects.
  4. But how can someone know if you're clear from 'depression'? Mines a difficult situation. My gp had nothing to do with my diagnosis, rather my family phoned mental health specialists, who came to ask me questions. They have said I am suffering from severe depression (this was October last year). TBH, it's just been a gradual thing that has lasted over a year. But the last couple of months I've been getting myself out and about more. My depression is managed by this branch from the NHS who deal with more serious mental health issues, but they took me as an exception. All they do is take you places, offer support ect. But I was asked if I wanted to take some anti-depressants to help even more, but I'm not sure whether to, because this will probably be the nail in the coffin as regards to my navy career.

    I just wish now I would of gone ahead with my application in mid 2008.
  5. If you are still depressed then it's been going on for more than a year - that will make you unsuitable for service I'm afraid.

    I would suggest that, given the current treatment regime you are under, undergoing the rigours of basic training in order to send you to sea in a relatively stressful environment would not be a great idea.
  6. I imagine everybody sees themself as a special case...which kind of makes them all the same really, if you see what I mean...
  7. Thanks for your reply sir.

    I'm not depressed, I just need an opportunity to forward my career now. Can't the Navy medic speak with the NHS branch I recieve support from? I never asked for help from them btw, my family intefered when they should concentrate on their own problems.

    Thanks for your help.

    Many thanks,
  8. Answered by PM
  9. I made the stupid mistake of going to the docs to earn a label, so I could recieve more benefits but it stopped me getting in the RN so I would not see the docs anymore!

    Being depressed and all that is just because you are bored, Simple!
  10. Phew!
    I'm glad that's cleared up.

  11. Thinking about it.... isn't it abit extreme taking medication because of boredom?
  12. Are you bored now?
  13. I believe so. I unfortunetely cannot take the best medicine for that which is alcohol!
  14. Try some sodium thiopental, that'll sort you out.
  15. Depression is not because of boredom. I
  16. Depression is not because of boredom. I
  17. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You can say that again.
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  18. C'est l'Ennui! L'oeil chargé d'un pleur involontaire,
    II rêve d'échafauds en fumant son houka.

    No-one does listless depression quite like our French chums...

  19. "It is Boredom! The eye charged with involuntary tears,
    He dreams of scaffolds while smoking a hookah."

    8O I`ll have a pint of what hes been drinking
  20. It's 'the scaffold', implying the gallows I think mate.

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