A.d.h.d. / ADHD

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hey,

I'm 17 and really want to join the reserves, but was diagnosed with very mild A.D.H.D.

what are the rules over A.D.H.D?

i was given temporary medication to get through my G.C.S.E's. which i was pretty much forced by the school, my rents and everyone to do, which is odd as my moral and behaviour went down hill on the pills i was given.

now after a while, I'm adamant i do not have ADHD, and was just told i did have it due to the fact i was never very well behaved at school.

trouble is i kind of milked it at the time (like any teenager would), as it got me out of school when ever i wanted, and i was able to get out of any punishment when ever i wanted, so my records say i was worse than i was.

Will this effect my application in anyway, and will i be able to put forward a decent argument?

thanks, fred.
 

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Your best bet is probably to try and get hold of a medical officer at your local AFCO, having said that the Medical guidelines here say:

Psychiatric disorders

Ongoing psychiatric illness. Psychosis. Schizophrenia Obsessive-compulsive
disorder. Autism. Personality disorder. More than one episode of deliberate
self-harm of any type. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alcohol, drug or
substance dependence. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) unless
free of symptoms and not requiring treatment for at least 3 years. Anorexia and
bulimia.
 

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Your best bet is probably to try and get hold of a medical officer at your local AFCO, having said that the Medical guidelines here say:


thanks mate..

but see that's the problem. i was diagnosed with adhd, but to be honest i did my best to make them think that...

will the medical officer take this into account? or will he just think i'm a sneaky piece of sh*t and tell me to *text deleted* off??

just to clarify, i;m not sneaky like that... i was just fed up fo school at the time and saw it as an extra 3 week holiday with wicked privileges when i got back.
 

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what makes you think you can hack the marines if you have to pull stunts like that at school?
If I was a careers adviser then Id ask the question " how do we know your not going to try something like that again?"

because i was 15/16 and made some very stupid decisions.

but *text deleted* mate, that wasn't a very helpful comment, seeing as i described that i do regret doing what i did, owing to the fact that it has in fact come around to slap me in the face. (lesson hard learnt)
 

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because i was 15/16 and made some very stupid decisions.

but *text deleted* mate, that wasn't a very helpful comment, seeing as i described that i do regret doing what i did, owing to the fact that it has in fact come around to slap me in the face. (lesson hard learnt)

: edit: Sorry, when i first read your poste it seemed more like you where just have a dig, than the second time round.
 

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QUOTE said:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) unless
free of symptoms and not requiring treatment for at least 3 years.[/URL] say:

As it states there. if you have not had prescribed medication for it within 3 years and you are symptom free you should be fine.

BUT! they will look at your previous school history and IT WILL come up in your Final interview.

And te be honest is that the right mentallity for a potential royal marine, I don't think so, I do suggest you take a long hard look in the mirror and see if you can really handle it in the marines, it's not like they will put you in the naughty corner if you mess around, and you will be wasting other recruits times also!
 

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yes i know...

and i have had a good hard think, and over the course of the last year or so i have changed alot, and do not behave poorly or pull stupid stunts like that anymore.

please no more.."are you really the right stuff comments", they don't perticually help, nor answer my question.
 

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Indeed, well all you can do is be honest and tell them the full story. It'd depend on the guy checking you and how leaniant there *text deleted* be.
As for it not being a helpful comment I was only putting to you what Id say If I was a C.A


yeah i know, and as i've said, i am sorry about that. i read your post differently first time round, and can now see that it was a relevant post.
 

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if you can't handle a bit of critisism from us, what makes you think you can handle a corporal calling you a piece of *text deleted**text deleted* everyday and grinding you into the ground?
 

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hahaha you remind me of when i was 16....

i was kicked out of school for attempting to blow up my teachers car and setting someones bag on fire.....they sent me to a specialist to try and see where my attitude was coming from....at the time i thought it was just me being abit nutty but now it was out of school issues....

Not saying your immature but maybe give it a few years to chill out rather than jumping straight into the deep end...wont hurt waiting...i wanted to join at 17 but wanted some life experience first and its the best decision i made. Now being 22 is for me the perfect time to join mentally and physically.

In my interview i did BS about why i left school, i said family problems and had to move to dads etc....i did say i was no angel tho and had attitude....you cant hide things,just word them carefully.

If you lie about it all in your interview,its only *text deleted* come back and bite you twice as hard...
Be honest and you will get an honest reply.
 

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if you can't handle a bit of critisism from us, what makes you think you can handle a corporal calling you a piece of *text deleted**text deleted* everyday and grinding you into the ground?


and to be honest,i was thinking exactly the same as the above comment...

if you cant take a comment on a computer screen,how you *text deleted* take some dude shouting in your face......
 

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lads lads lay off him !! Hes only looking for an answer to his question there wasn't no need to start flaming him,

Anyway onto your question, your doc has to have signed u off as not having ADHD for 3 years or more
 

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lads lads lay off him !! Hes only looking for an answer to his question there wasn't no need to start flaming him,

Anyway onto your question, your doc has to have signed u off as not having ADHD for 3 years or more

not flaming but just pointing out some facts dude...that is all.

hes got to expect honest answers.
 

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all those of you saying "perhaps your not the right person for the marines" might *text deleted* look at themselves. I thought part of the core ethos was looking out for each other, supporting each other, offering encouragement. I think everyone here has done stuff they regret. No one's perfect and teens are a difficult time. People change. Fred I'd recommend that perhaps give yourself a year or so after you finish school, take the time to train. Hold down a job and get a good reference im sure that all Afco's have seen people that messed up in school and changed. Good luck mate.
 

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I would have milked leprosy to get out of my school so no issues with your past on this site buddy. You are welcome on this site and we have all made some mistakes in the past, it's just that today's mistakes carry a lot more consequences than those of our parents 20 or 30 years ago.

Best advice I can give is to be honest with everyone from this moment on and it will be all uphill from here.

All the best
GW
 

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Regardless of banter & ability to cope with authority & discipline, ADHD is a bona fide debilitating medical condition which is unfortunately entirely incompatible with military service.

A sufferer has to be clear of symptoms & treatment for a set minimum period of over 3 years. Whilst the individual is at liberty to appeal against their GP's diagnosis retrospectively, given credible reason for not disputing the original diagnosis, the onus is on the individual for burden of proof to the contrary & the GP has to admit written misdiagnosis to the Service Medical Examiner. In addition it is possible that any state benefits paid in the event of the diagnosis being inaccurate, may have to be repaid to the appropriate authority.

If misdiagnosis is admitted by the GP then the applicant has to account for their actions, take responsibility & show ample evidence that they regret their previous conduct & can prove that they are now have a long-standing track record of trustworthiness and ability to cope with discipline & authority.

Good examples of proving a reliable track record are, amongst others:

Completing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, evidence of voluntary work, written independent testimonials by persons in positions of social responsibility, consistent voluntary attendance and participation in Uniformed Youth Organisations, an unbroken work record with references (indicating: reliability, trustworthiness, punctuality & good attendance), good course reports from RM or Army Look at Life (L@L) courses, and successful completion on Princes Trust schemes together with praiseworthy written testimonials.

Hope that helps & good luck.
 
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I just posted a topic last night mate.
I am showing symptoms of Bipolar disorder, which is very similar to ADHD.

Best of luck for the future mate!

Marc.
 

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I think *text deleted* got *text deleted**text deleted*ing tourettes does that ban me from the royal marines, or am i just a naughty boy?
 
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