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Colester1699
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Anxiety

Post by Colester1699 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:31 pm

Hello guys and girls,
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?
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Re: Anxiety

Post by KissPlusOne » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:03 pm

If you can pass a Cat3 medical, you can at least get your private. CPL, they might be a bit more strict for the Cat1 requirements.

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.
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Re: Anxiety

Post by GoinVertical » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:29 pm

I could be wrong but I was under the impression that SSRIs are an automatic disqualifier for a Cat 1. Not sure about Cat 3.

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.
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Re: Anxiety

Post by dialdriver » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:58 pm

This is the wrong place to be asking the question. There is every possibility of holding a Cat 1 medical, but you can't get one here :D

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/ ... atry-ssris
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Re: Anxiety

Post by ayseven » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:27 am

You may get a Class 1 with restrictions. I have lots to say on TC's medical requirements, but I cannot do it here, because, like most pilots, I am rightly paranoid of losing my own medical.
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Re: Anxiety

Post by JBI » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:46 pm

GoinVertical wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:29 pm
I could be wrong but I was under the impression that SSRIs are an automatic disqualifier for a Cat 1. Not sure about Cat 3.
This isn't correct anymore. TC does make being on SSRIs a challenge to hold a Cat 1, but it is permitted.
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