regarding depakote. even if i never had epilepsy
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good evening. 2 years ago I was in flight school with 5.1 hours on a Cessna. no problem, however, my first day on ground school I decided to stop because we were discussing the medical certificate and I told him that I was taking Depakote for social anxiety no knowing that Depakote is made for epilepsy. well, I never had epilepsy or a seizure nor my family had it but told me FAA is not gonna believe me. so I did some research and found The Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin • Vol. 53, No. 2. regarding Depakote and seizures in general. however it was not clear and I went to a HIMS doctor for a consultation and told me I had to wait 3 years or do a process that requires reports with a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a neurologist. the first 2 I got but for the neurological is a very expensive EGG and MRI scan of my brain and it may or may not allow me to fly. so far I haven't had the medical evaluation yet so I can still fly or go, sport pilot, however, I see lots of conflicts with the bulletin and the doctor. so I'm stuck here for years and just want to know if I was waiting time. or do I need to wait a year, or go ahead with the expensive scan or just forget about being a pilot?

I really need help. but nothing is clear and many people seem that they don't want to help me.

https://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/designees_delegations/designee_types/ame/fasmb/media/Seizures.pdf

Thanks.
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AOPA Staff Answer
You are absolutely correct. To be eligible for BasicMed you must have had an FAA issued medical valid after July 2006. Because you have not applied to the FAA and been found not eligible, you are able to fly under LSA.
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Scratch At AOPA:
You are absolutely correct. To be eligible for BasicMed you must have had an FAA issued medical valid after July 2006. Because you have not applied to the FAA and been found not eligible,
...and are not taking Depakote...
...you are able to fly under LSA.
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Just talk
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Sport is not an option if at the time of your most recent medical application you were not found eligible.  61.23 (c)(2)(ii).  Did you actually submit an application or just talk with an AME?

BTW, kudos to the ground school for catching this early.
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Already talked to him, I guess I’m stuck with sport, because basic med is if you had a past med cert 
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Well, that's a start.  As long as you stay off, Sport and Basic Med remain open as long as you didn't apply for a medical certificate which was denied.  But stand by for Bruce for the best advice.