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Postby hope567 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:52 pm

Does anyone know if you can serve in the military if you've been diagnosed bipolar and are currently taking meds?
thanks for any insights.
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Postby Shadowssoldier » Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:40 am

That would be a "negative". Unfortunately that will disqualify you.
There was one case recently where an 18 year old was released from a hospital still on meds with bipolar who tried to join the USMC. They obliged him despite being on meds. Well that is until his parents found out the press got word of it.

Sorry man, put your creative talents if you have any to work in technology or elsewhere to aid the war.
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Postby alap23 » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:23 am

The answer is "no" if you want to be honest. You can always lie about your mental health but then it's kinda' hard to explain why you're taking "crazy pills" every morning........

As for me, I would love to be in the military but I won't go off my meds so I can't lie about being bipolar. It really sucks but I'd rather stay on my meds and live than lie and end up commiting suicide to become a jar head. Follow your heart, just make sure it's still beating when you reach your goal.....
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Postby asusr6 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:03 am

My newphew who is being treated for depression cant get into the military.
They told him he has to be off his meds for 2 years before they would consider him
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Postby bipolarlady » Thu May 18, 2006 12:24 am

I was hoping my son would join the military when he turned 18 he's 6 now and he just got eval for bipolar rapid cycling...is there a cure for bipolar? maybe there will be a cure for it by the time he's 18? i hope so his daddy had bipolar and commited suicide and thats and unfortunite thing for him and the military would be a good start for his life.
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Postby anonymousguest06 » Mon May 22, 2006 3:42 am

I understand "disqualifying" factor, as in you will not be able to join with the condition.

Does anyone know if being diagnosed bipolar while already on active duty would result in a medical discharge? Are there hard and fast rules on what conditions will result in discharge, or are things like this considered on a case by case basis?
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Postby sleepwalker » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:50 pm

I was in the USMC from 92-96. I was never diagnosed with bipolar or anything else until after I was discharged. I loved the Marines, and it is hard to say this, but I think it would have been better if I knew prior to enlistment of my diagnosis. Anyway, my mental health got a lot worse after I came home. I don't know if I could make it there off my meds without getting into a lot of trouble. Since my diagnoses, there were times I went off my meds on my own and it always caused me a lot of problems and I ended up in the hospital. If you need your meds, going off of them and putting yourself into a highly stressfull situation is not a good idea. Belive me, even if you like it, the military can impose massive stress. In the Marines I was under constant high stress levels. Although I liked that and serving my country, it eventually got to me and I lost control. If I were on my meds, that might not have happened, but as it has been said already, you can not be on psyche meds and active in the military. Do something productive and healthy if you can handle it. There are other things out there.
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