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Offline assplosion

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mental health rejection
« on: July 27, 2017, 21:09:31 »
Hi. I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes anyway. I applied to the Canadian naval reserves, and passed the physical test with good results. The cognitive tests that I took indicated that I would be able to perform any of the positions within the military. After my interview, the interview conducter said that he thought that I would get in for sure (maybe this was a platitude).

  However, I received a rejection letter a while ago (about 9 months ago). The rejection letter cited mental health concerns. The concerns were as follows: ADHD, Depression, and something called "Non-Verbal Learning Disorder"(NVLD). This probably sounds pretty bad, but please allow me to explain. The depression diagnoses was not indicative of chronic depression, but was rather an acknowledgment of a past fit of depression that had spanned the length of my visits with a doctor that lasted around a year. I feel that judging my character on this isolated incident would be an unfair and inaccurate mistake. I was not suicidal. I was not bedridden. I don't think my reasons for being sad were atypical. I was lonely, scared, and in a very pathetic state in my life. I think that a section of the teenage population would have been able to relate to these feelings, but the difference is that my parents had the money to employ an psychologist, and were concerned with my dropping grades. I don't say this to brag, but just to show that if I hadn't had access to a psychologist, the temporary sadness would have passed anyway.

 During the period of my visits with the psychologist,I did take a SSRI for 3 months before stopping with little observed results(other than a temporary deadening of my emotions). My change in mood was I feel more of a result of lessons learned and a swift kick in the *** from my mother.
As for the ADHD, I quit the Concerta that I had been taking since I was six years old, about 10 months ago, and I feel that I am doing fine. Actually better than I have for a while. I am currently awaiting a sequence of appointments with a doctor at an ADHD clinic, and my hopes are that I will be able to have the ADHD diagnoses removed entirely, as the adult form of ADHD is rare, and I feel that the ADHD diagnostic criteria no longer accurately describe my behavior.
I'm not sure if there is anything I can do about the NVLD diagnoses. I will probably look into having this disorder removed if possible, but if not, all I can say is that I don't feel that the criteria of that disorder describe my behavior accurately. I wouldn't put much credence in my particular psychologists words anyway. I know that my opinion is probably meaningless to the Canadian military in opposition to an authority figure though.

 I acknowledge that an attempt to challenge the militaries decision may be futile, but would like to do so anyway. The position I applied for at the time was in the Canadian Naval reserves, and I no longer wish to serve in this position, but am now interested in the Canadian army. I would like to serve in an infantry capacity in the future(when opportunity's are available). I was in possession of a rejection letter at one point, but my Mom misplaced it, and I have searched everywhere for it, but it hasn't turned up. It would be helpful to have that letter so that I could address the problem with more information. So my questions are, how could I obtain a new copy of the letter? How can I challenge the medical decision? What are the odds that I will be able to change their minds? If I originally applied to the Naval reserves and was rejected, could I simply begin a new application to the army with updated background information? I would love to serve in the military and would do my best if given the chance. Thanks in advance for your advice.


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Re: mental health rejection
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 21:21:11 »
The rejection letter cited mental health concerns. The concerns were as follows: ADHD, Depression, and something called "Non-Verbal Learning Disorder"(NVLD).

ADHD, ADD, and why we can't get in rants...... 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=22352.25
9 pages.

The Depression / Anti Depressants Merged Thread 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=13192.0
16 pages.

Learning disabilities are also discussed here,
"This is a difficult question because learning disabilities can encompass so much. Truth is, no one can easily answer your question, especially not without more ..."
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=125902.25
6 pages.

How can I challenge the medical decision?

Challenging a medical decision/Requesting second review 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,37404.25.html

Medical Review Board/File Review ( merged )
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13453.msg1378166.html#msg1378166
7 pages.

Medical rejection seems strange 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=121893.0

appealing medical rejection
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=119953.0

Medical appeal 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=68680.0

Asked and answered in Ask a CAF Recruiter,

re: appeals
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,123090.msg1440632.html#msg1440632

Q: I have finally sent in an appeal because it takes to long to get in to see a psychiatrist.

A: To appeal any type of Medical disqualification, will require reports from your civilian health care professionals.   

Appeals
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=83309.0

Failed to meet Medical Standards
OP: I'm planning on appealing their decision
https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110159.50.html
3 pages.

Ottawa Medical
OP:  is there any way I can appeal this decision? 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=35629.0

"Does not Meet Common Enrolment Medical Standards"
OP: Two weeks ago I received my notice that my appeal was successfully over turned.
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=113415.0
2 pages.

etc...

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of up to date information.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2017, 21:29:16 by mariomike »
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