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New member medical advise

Discussion in 'Introductions & Welcome to the Royal Marines Site' started by chunk658, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. chunk658

    chunk658 New Member

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    Hi all,

    Its always been a dream of mine joining the Royal Marines and using this site among others to read up on everything I’ll need to know and do to prepare for the process. *text deleted* been doing the same job running a family business since I left school and it’s all *text deleted* ever known and I feel like I have a lot more to give! Been researching through all the application process but have come across a bit of a hiccup! In January 2018 I was given the antidepressant citalopram after going through a very hard period of my life. I was prescribed them for 6 months at the lowest dose and came off them easily after 4 and have been cracking on with my life successfully ever since! Would this make me PMU to enrol as a Royal Marines commando? Really appreciate any replies.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    Yes- Unfit for service at this stage. You were prescribed an SSRI for a significant mental health issue only last year and only ceased treatment two months ago.
    I appreciate this may not be the answer you were hoping for.
    The only chance of a successful appeal at this stage is if the diagnosis can be proven incorrect by a qualified specialist health professional.
     
  3. chunk658

    chunk658 New Member

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    Thankyou for the reply!

    Yes not the answer I was hoping for but really appreciate the response.
    Thanks for your help.

    Cheers.
     
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  4. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    As you were prescribed an SSRI in January 2018 it would be regarded as really rather recent. When exactly did you cease treatment?

    I do not wish to raise false hope but I believe a period of three years free of treatment would be grounds for an appeal with supporting medical evidence.

    The likely outcome if you were to apply now is that when you fill in the online medical questionnaire you will get an automated 'not suitable at this time' response.
    In three years it may be wise to discuss with your doctor and request detailed evidence that it was a very mild episode with a specific cause which quickly responded to counselling. After that, it will be in the hands of the Recruiting Group medical team.

    Be aware that being prescribed citalopram would indicate a considerable concern last year in which medical intervention was required. Like all medicines, citalopram can cause side effects in some people.

    Of course go and speak to your local careers office for current and official guidance.
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019