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Dec 11th, 2002 at 11:42pm
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I read a post by Negotiate_This that raised a question in my mind.  For federal law enforcement, what kind of a hurdle will prior, LEGAL, use of anti-depression medication present?  Or for any law enforcement position?  I took a well known anti-depression medication for a year after a troubling death in the family, it helped and that was it.  I am also aware of the stigma associated with people who receive such treatment.  I'm a few phases into the FBI application process, and that issue has not come up yet - the prescreening, testing, fd-140, interview.  I wonder, am I wasting my time?  If it's a disqualifier, wouldn't that be disclosed up front like illegal drug use issues?  I'd be interested in your views.
  
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Reply #1 - Dec 11th, 2002 at 11:59pm
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I think it unlikely that a limited use of a physician-prescribed medication and/or the situational depression for which it was prescribed will be a problem for you in your application process.  The specific policy regarding your question can, no doubt, be ascertained quite readily by having your recruiting officer contact the appropriate health services personnel within the FBI.
  
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Reply #2 - Dec 13th, 2002 at 4:49am
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If I am not mistaken I beleive that it is illegal for them to ask you about information regarding this issue.  I know many agencies will usually have you sign a release of liability form concerning this issue and then ask you the question.  Many agencies attach a very bad stigma to the use of antidepressants no matter how long ago it was, Most use a with the last 5 years parameter, but people will always be biased in one way or another.  The question might actually come up during the psychological screening in which the psychiatrist will ask you if you have ever received any kind of mental health treatment in the past.  The psychiatrist is more likely to be understanding over this issue.  Honesty with the agency is always the best way to go, lets just hope that they are open minded and not ignorant in this matter.
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Reply #3 - Dec 19th, 2002 at 12:44am
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I personally know several people who have taken such medications and then obtained federal employment. In fact, one buddy of mine actually had Tourettes Syndrome (twitched, emoted vocally, etc.) and still got hired by the NYPD. Taking valid, physician prescribed medication that has no damaging side effects (loss of control, sleepiness) should not be counted against you. My friend with Tourettes had to go before an additional psychological screening, but in the end he could aim and point a gun -- without interference from his current meds. It is illegal to discriminate based on taking medicine (ADA act and all that) -- and I would aggressively appeal any decision where that is counted against you. Probably stand a better chance of winning that than an appeal for a failed poly.
  

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Reply #4 - Jul 17th, 2009 at 8:08am
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I am not a doctor, just sharing my personal experience as I have had depressions and anxiety for sometime. The best way to get over anxiety and depression is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem. Rather than going on drugs, one should look for the reason behind there problem . Keeping your self busy and changing the schedule also helps sometimes to get over stress and depression.
  
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Reply #5 - Jan 20th, 2011 at 10:25pm
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Effective psychologist therapy is an efficient treatment for reducing frequency and intensity of depressions or stress.

Some ways for releasing stress:-
1) Talk with people. Surround yourself with positive people, talk with them or just listen. They can inspire you or help you.
2) Make sure your mind and your body becomes what it should receive, and he has the right nutrients intake.
3) Do regular Exercise.
4) Take a long walk regularly.
  
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