Update: Medical

Total_PLeb

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Good afternoon people,

I have some good news regarding my medical, I made a thread a couple of months ago about it, but I think a new one would be beneficial to people who might have the same issue as I did.

I applied for the Officer role knowing that I had a history of depression (2 episodes), once when I was 13 due to a custody case over me, and a second episode when I 16 due to typical teenage relationship issues. ( I had taken no medication and only had 1 month of therapy which I found pointless) I am now 20, and engaged. (I know! Some people call me crazy! ;) )

I was declared PMU, due to having 2 or more episodes of depression which makes you S8. I tried to appeal but stuffed it up as I did not go to a specialist and only got a letter from my GP who has known me since I was a child. (Obivously this wasn't ever going to be sufficient)

I have been adamant for a long time on joining the Marines, so this time I re-applyed for the regular role, I had consulted with the Marine Helpline and they told me that I might as well give it a shot.
However, this time I visited a professional psychiatrist to get a full assessment on my current mental health and the two episodes that occurred with my viewpoint on the two episodes, which weren't severe in any regard. It costed me around £400, which was totally worth every penny.

I receieved news that I have been declared fit for service and I am now awaiting further instructions.
I wanted to create this thread to give those who have had depression guidance regarding joining. However, just to note, my cases were mild and I did not take any medication and therefore, I cannot guarantee that going to a private psychiatrist may be sufficient for everyone.

Hope everyone is doing well and are keeping safe during these troubling times.

Pleb

edit: The assessment was a 2hr long conversation with a psychiatrist who had 30 years of experience dealing with mental health. The document I received about after 2 weeks of the consultation and was about 5 pages long.
 

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Hi @Total_PLeb

I've just come across this thread and your original thread and find myself in the same boat. I'm currently TMU after my triage call however it is highly likely that I will be placed on PMU due to two episodes of 'depression' in 2 years, one after the death of a family member and another due to stresses induced by a suicidal sibling. Both of which were very out of character and lasted a short time, however, still 2 episodes.

From your original thread it seems that you managed to get a psychiatric report and cleared for service pretty quickly, did you have to start the application process again or were you able to pick up where you left off?

I am aware that this is all a bit hypothetical as I am yet to receive any official notice of PMU, however judging by the JSP950 and some threads on here I have a good idea what the outcome will be.

Cheers
 

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Hi @Total_PLeb

I've just come across this thread and your original thread and find myself in the same boat. I'm currently TMU after my triage call however it is highly likely that I will be placed on PMU due to two episodes of 'depression' in 2 years, one after the death of a family member and another due to stresses induced by a suicidal sibling. Both of which were very out of character and lasted a short time, however, still 2 episodes.

From your original thread it seems that you managed to get a psychiatric report and cleared for service pretty quickly, did you have to start the application process again or were you able to pick up where you left off?

I am aware that this is all a bit hypothetical as I am yet to receive any official notice of PMU, however judging by the JSP950 and some threads on here I have a good idea what the outcome will be.

Cheers
Hey Mac,
If they declare you PMU, you'll be able to appeal, this is where you'll need to get an assessment done from any private psychiatrist. The better the psychiatrist the better it'll be. Be prepared to pay quite the sum though, and as far as I'm concerned it is still done through skype call. From what you've said, the two episodes you had were periods of grief (this is important as in the JSP 950 it highlights that there is a difference between grief and hereditary depression) which of course, can cause depression. In my case, I had already appealed so I had to re-apply fully, as my first application was for the officer role compared to my on-going one which is for the Regular role .
I can't comment on how successful you'll be as its all done case-by-case. But taking a psychiatrist assessment is the best you can do in this circumstance. I'm sure other people on the forum will be willing to help as they'll have far more experience with this stuff than me.

Hope all goes well for you and you're passed fit.
 

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Just to note, in my case I booked my assessment the day after I had contacted the psychiatrist, lasted about 1-2hours and received a full copy of the report/assessment a week later. If anything is incorrect in the assessment, most of the time they are willing to help edit/fix any missing or incorrect details. Make sure you are honest and truthful in the assessment and tell the psychiatrist of coping mechanism for stress that you have developed, and give him times of stressful events you have successfully coped with in your life as it will aid the appeal process.
 

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Thank you for the swift reply Pleb, really appreciate it.

Should they come back PMU I will definitely be appealing with an independent report as the episodes were very out of character and had a some significant life events behind them, I believe even my home GP has mentioned they did not think the university GP was correct in the second diagnosis, however, I digress.

Thanks for the pointers on similar stressful events and coping mechanisms, there are plenty of both of those to bring to the table since the episodes in question.

Hoping it all goes as planned, I'll keep this thread updated in the hope it helps someone else out.

Good luck with the rest of your application, hope it goes well for you!
 
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