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How can this diagnosis hurt my career?

fogpatrol00

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I'm being screened by a psychiatrist in a month regarding a potential ADHD or even ASD(Asperger) diagnosed.  This is stressing me out obviously but at the same time it will be a releif to finally know.  From my understanding whatever diagnosed will be on my file but other than this I have no idea what else it can do to me.  If this mean im undeployable, which would be weird considering I have one tour already I'd be pissed.
 

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You are taking a cup 1/2 empty approach....it could also be good news....as in minor/temporary...
 

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I don't know your specifics so let me speak in generalities; if your are functioning within your occupation without issue, then there should not be any impact on your career at this time.

There are many people in the CF with a "diagnosis". It is how they function that counts.

Ask your specific questions with your MO.
 

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GAP said:
You are taking a cup 1/2 empty approach....it could also be good news....as in minor/temporary...

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by minor/temporary?

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I don't know your specifics so let me speak in generalities; if your are functioning within your occupation without issue, then there should not be any impact on your career at this time.

There are many people in the CF with a "diagnosis". It is how they function that counts.

Ask your specific questions with your MO.

So far I have been functionning alright I guess.  I just can't go up in rank because paperwork and having too many people under my command is overwhelming to the point where I can't sleep at night.

I didnt think they were treating these as a case by case thing.  It's good to hear.
 

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fogpatrol00 said:
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by minor/temporary?

So far I have been functionning alright I guess.  I just can't go up in rank because paperwork and having too many people under my command is overwhelming to the point where I can't sleep at night.

I didnt think they were treating these as a case by case thing.  It's good to hear.

I know for sure that there are mbrs serving with ADHD. Not sure about Asperger's, simply haven't come across it.

What it tends to come down to in most cases is what limitations whatever it is imposes on you, not the diagnosis itself. I have no idea what you mean by "because paperwork" (can't do admin work???), but if you get overwhelmed/can't function well if faced with paperwork and having people under your command than yes, that is a serious limitation for the military. If you get slapped with something along the lines of "shouldn't be put in supervisory position" I wouldn't be surprised if the eventual result would be release, if you can't correct it.

And that's the crux - if this is something that can be corrected, with counseling/teaching coping strategies or meds or whatever, that is good news. The point of a diagnosis is to then treat whatever is diagnosed; only if it can't be treated and the limitations from the condition are inconsistent with service would it lead to release.
 

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Can't do desk job or have people under me.  I know it sound weak but it's not like I have been trying.  Even after working with 2 differents specialists which is why they are sending me to a psychiatrist now.  My option is to stay a Cpl all my career which isnt too bad in my trade actually.
 

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Got my diagnosed and it's ADD innatentive type + General Anxiety Disorder.  Getting treated with medication right now and will be followed by a therapist with Behavioral Therapy.  As for T Cads, unless I respond bad to médications there won't be any.

Cheers!
 
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