I have posted several topics here in the past few months about my troubles with the FAA and getting my medical certificate.
My troubles first started when I went in for the first time to obtain my third-class medical certificate. I was denied due to a certain medication for depression, which I hadn't been taking but put down as part of of my medical history. I hadn't been taking the medication because starting lessons had pretty much pulled me out of the depressive slump I was in. When the doctor saw that I'd written down the medication, she automatically deferred me, even though I'd explained to her I was not taking the medication. She basically told me that, if it came to it that I was lying, it would be her head on the chopping block. So there was no way she could let me fill out another application. I left the doctor's office that day with a heavy heart.
Which then became even more heavy when my deferrment came back as a denial. I tried not to let this get me down and we sent in huge amounts of paperwork, including an entire (and I do mean _entire_) medical and psychiatric history. The psychiatric history did include my treatment for depression and ADD, but I figured this would not harm me because I am no longer taking the medications I was on and I am no longer being treated for either depression or ADD, which was backed up by a few recent visits to the doctor and paperwork included in the psychiatric history.
After waiting since late December - early January, I finally received another letter from the FAA saying that I have, again, been denied, because "due to [my] medical history, we are unable to establish your eligibility to obtain a medical certificate ... due to [my] history of depression ... and ADD ..."
Included with the letter was a long list of tests, some of which I've already done AND submitted to the FAA, that I would have to take and endure to be put up for review again.
At this point, I am pretty much heartbroken and I'm steadily losing faith that I'll ever be able to get a medical certificate and fly. It's getting expensive waiting, because I continue to take lessons; I have not soloed yet, but the flight school I am attending is allowing me to forgo the solo and continue with my training, which I am eternally grateful for. I could stop the lessons, but I don't want to be out of practice and I'm afraid quitting flying altogether until (if) this all gets sorted out will send me back into a depression.
Tomorrow, I plan on calling everyone I possibly can to see what I can do. I first plan on calling AOPA and getting help from their medical services as well as finding an AME certified psychiatrist in my area, since the letter I got from the FAA suggests doing that. I'll also call my current psychiatrist and ask for the results of some of the test they suggested I take, which I'd already taken, and calling another psychiatrist to take even more tests.
My question, though, is, what else can I be doing at this point? And how do I not lose faith? If anyone else has gone through this with the FAA, I'd like some advice on how to deal with this while keeping my head high.
"For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return."