Just wondering if any of you have gone to the doc for anxiety in your pilot career. I have read everything about it on transport Canada’s website however I’m a little worried I won’t be able to fulfill my life long dream of being a pilot. I’ve had anxiety since I was young and am pretty much going to be on an SSRI for the rest of my life. The issue that causes my anxiety is not going to affect me in the air. As it’s more fear of health issues and hospitals and if a situation that involves either of these arises I won’t be flying anyway. If I am I am not bad enough to debilitate my ability to fly and i also have the SSRI to help. What are my chances of becoming a pilot?
However, if you want to see what it's like, just go for a few lessons, and see if it's for you. Better to test the feeling of it to see how your body/mind reacts/behaves BEFORE you invest tens of thousands of dollars into this.
You don't need a medical to take a lesson.
I know at least one person who had to go off their anti-anxiety meds and then have regular consults over the course of one year to show that their anxiety / depression was no longer present before TC would grant their medical.
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/ ... atry-ssris
This isn't correct anymore. TC does make being on SSRIs a challenge to hold a Cat 1, but it is permitted.