Student Pilot Certificate with Basic Med
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When I was 25 back in 2005, I obtained a student pilot certificate and 3rd class medical certificate.  Then, I got about 30 hours logged before I just up and quit and let the medical lapse.  So it was still valid in 2006.  I am now going back into flying and am in the process of getting my student certificate back, but I do not want to have to deal with AME's interrogating the hell out of me for therapist visits over something as minor as anxiety.  I am not taking antidepressants now, but I have in the past.  I would therefore like to use Basic Med to get around the certification process, which would possibly result in months worth of delays and possibly $5k worth of expenses and a trip to another state to have testing done for something I've lived with my entire life, because that's just how the FAA seems to roll.  Is there any reason I cannot use Basic Med?  My doctors and I agree that I do not suffer from a personality or disorder that has repeatedly manifested in overt acts or from bipolar disorder, and the rest of my medical history is clear, except for minor stuff like colds, sinus infections, strep throat, and acid reflux.
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It would depend on what the diagnosis was that led to you taking antidepressants.  If it was:

(1) A mental health disorder, limited to an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of—

(i) A personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts;

(ii) A psychosis, defined as a case in which an individual—

(A) Has manifested delusions, hallucinations, grossly bizarre or disorganized behavior, or other commonly accepted symptoms of psychosis; or

(B) May reasonably be expected to manifest delusions, hallucinations, grossly bizarre or disorganized behavior, or other commonly accepted symptoms of psychosis;

(iii) A bipolar disorder; or

(iv) A substance dependence within the previous 2 years, as defined in §67.307(a)(4) of this chapter.

...then you would have to obtain a Third Class medical via special issuance before you could go on Basic Med.  It wouldn't matter what your current physician says about your current condition because the restriction applies for any "established medical history", not just current conditions.  But if you have no history of the conditions described above, and your last medical certificate was valid after July 14, 2006, and you hold a current driver's license, then you can go the Basic Med route.

BTW, I'm assuming you had no history of antidepressant use at the time of issuance of that medical certificate in 2005, and that the use was later, because if you were using those antidepressants before that issuance, you would have had to go the SI route to get that one, and that SI would allow you to go the Basic Med route.
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I had a history of AD use at the time I got my last medical, but it was not a special issuance, because I was not on them at the time and in fact had been off them for like 3 years, and at the time ALL ADs were banned.  So they sent me for a bunch of expensive testing and ultimately cleared me without conditions.  At no time in my life have any of those above-listed mental disorder conditions ever applied to me.  I have no personality disorder of any kind, never had psychosis or any of the other listed behaviors, bipolar disorder, or substance dependence.  It's been purely generalized anxiety with (more recently) a rule out of OCD.
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Then you should be good to go Basic Med.