Back in February of 2019 I was misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. I went on defeated thinking that this wasnt the condition and I realized that after being on meds I was completely fine. After months of this, a new psychiatrist I decided to see decided to do a psych eval once again to determine what was wrong with me and it was determined that I do not have Bipolar Disorder and was infact just a bout of depression that I had at the time of the hospital admission. I have been off medication for a year and a bit now and have not been back ever since. How would I proceed with obtaining a medical given that the doctor has fully evaluated me and given me with a proper diagnosis?
Unless that psychiatrist is an FAA-designated HIMS psychiatrist, his/her opinion is essentially worthless. You need to stand by until Dr. Bruce Chien (www.aeromedicaldoc.com) stops by here with the correct way to proceed. Whatever you do, do NOT make ANY application or submission to the FAA until you have spoken with Bruce or another equally qualified HIMS AME (and there aren't many of those).
As emailed, the FAA minimums for reversal of such a diagnosis is TEN years, well documented of:
Successful life test as documented by multiple individuals who would clearly “be in the know”: supervisors, large clients etc. I had one case in which the testimony came from a COUNTY SHERIFF on his letterhead. Talk about in a “position to know”.
Then you get the HIMS evaluation at the end of the ten. You probably should see a clinical psychologist yearly while waiting it out, just so it doesn't have the flavor of, “I dropped out of the world and reappeared after ten years”…..