MEB offered by psychologist

Gizzy

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I am an Air Force O-3 with 11 years. I have been seeing my psychologist for MDD, GAD, “psychological trauma”. My Dr says he can med board me if I want, but since there are so many unknowns I’m too nervous to take the step. I don’t want to lose everything because I’m not rated at minimum 30%. I don’t want a severance. I am just not having fun on AD anymore and don’t know what to do. Anyone else been in this boat?
 

TallTree

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I was an O-4 flying the jet I've always wanted to fly, and the last few years I hated it. I couldn't stand it. You can check my post/thread/timeline history for the details, but it had to do with a bone tumor the AF misdiagnosed that led to a permanent life long disability in my knee. Anyway, I finally worked up the courage to call my flight doc and tell him I no longer felt fit to fly due to mental health. I was diagnosed with Bipolar II, put on lithium, and that was a game changer. Now that I was getting treatment, I was doing so good, I wanted to keep flying, I wanted to stay a member of my squadron, there literally was no other career I wanted to do, all because I was now on the proper meds. Unfortunately I got MEB'd anyway, got 70% for my Bipolar rating, so it's overall a pretty good outcome from a shitty circumstance.

It's important to wait for your meds to take effect and re-evaluate. A classic depression symptom is no longer feeling joy doing the things you love to do, and that's where I was, and that's where it sounds like you're at. Find your proper treatment and see if that changes your perspective. I've seen people on here say they've taken years to find the right meds/combination all while active duty and doing their job (with or without limitations) and getting their full paycheck. Even if you end up MEBing, you'll be in a better place than you are right now.
 

tony292

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Look at this and even print and discuss with your psychologist and have a conversation about where they think you fit into the criteria:

General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders:

Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as:
gross impairment in thought processes or communication;
persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate
behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent
inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance
of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memo
loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name 100%

Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas,
such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood,
due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals
which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical,
obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting
the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively;
impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods
of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and
hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including
work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain
effective relationships 70%

Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and
productivity
due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial,
circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once
a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment
of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned
material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired
abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in
establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships 50%

Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work
efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational
tasks
(although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine
behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms
as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or
less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as
forgetting names, directions, recent events) 30%

Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms
which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational
tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms controlled
by continuous medication 10%

A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not
severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social
functioning or to require continuous medication0%
 
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