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Psychiatric Issues - FAA Medical Exam

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Item 47. Psychiatric Conditions - Psychiatric Conditions Table of Medical Dispositions

FAA announces on April 2, 2010 that certain antidepressants will be considered for pilot flight waiver (special issuance). Read more about FAA policy and 6 month amnesty period...

The following is a table that lists the most common Mental Health conditions of aeromedical significance, and course of action that should be taken by the AME as defined by the protocol and disposition in the table below. Medical certificates must not be issued to an applicant with medical conditions that require deferral, or for any condition not listed that may result in sudden or subtle incapacitation without consulting the FAA AMCD or Regional Flight Surgeon. Medical documentation must be submitted for any condition in order to support an issuance of an airman medical certificate.

Disease/Condition Class Evaluation Data Disposition
Adjustment Disorders All Submit all pertinent medical information and clinical status report If stable, resolved, no associated disturbance of thought, no recurrent episodes, and psychotropic medication(s) used for less than 6 months and discontinued for at least 3 months - Issue

Otherwise - Requires FAA Decision
Anxiety All See Anxiety Section May Require FAA Decision--Some AME discretion permitted
Attention Deficit Disorder All Submit all pertinent medical information and clinical status report to include documenting the period of use, name and dosage of any medication(s) and side-effects Requires FAA Decision
Bipolar Disorder All See BP Section Requires FAA Decision
Bereavement;

Dysthmic; or

Minor Depression
All Submit all pertinent medical information and clinical status report If stable, resolved, no associated disturbance of thought, no recurrent episodes, and;

a). psychotropic medication(s) used for less than 6 months and discontinued for at least 3 months Issue

b). No use of psychotropic medication(s) - Issue

Otherwise - Requires FAA Decision
Personality Disorders All See PD Section Requires FAA Decision
Psychosis All See Psychosis Section Requires FAA Decision
Pyschotropic medications for Smoking Cessation All Document period of use, name and dosage of
medication(s) and side-effects
If medication(s) discontinued for at least 30 days and w/o side-effects - Issue

Otherwise Requires FAA Decision
Substance Abuse All See Substance Abuse section Requires FAA Decision
Substance Dependence All See Substance Dependence section Requires FAA Decision
Suicide Attempt All Submit all pertinent medical information required Requires FAA Decision

Note: Substance dependence and substance abuse are specified as disqualifying medical conditions.

Note: The use of a psychotropic drug is disqualifying for aeromedical certification purposes. This includes all sedatives, tranquilizers, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressant drugs (including SSRI's), analeptics, anxiolytics, and hallucinogens. The AME should defer issuance and forward the medical records to the AMCD.

The FAA realizes that mental healh issues are often important safety considerations. The aeromedical exam will attempt to screen for psychiatric problems related to a compromise of judgment and emotional control or to diminished mental capacity with loss of behavioral control. These are not the same as concerns for emotional health in everyday life. The distinction can be subtle and diagnosis is imperfect. The final verdict often relies on a "skillful judgment call." Some problems may have only a slight impact on an individual's overall capacities and the quality of life but may nevertheless have a great impact on safety. Conversely, many emotional problems that are of therapeutic and clinical concern have no impact on safety.

The FAA has concluded that certain psychiatric conditions are such that their presence or a past history of their presence is sufficient to suggest a significant potential threat to safety. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the AME to be aware of any indications of these conditions currently, or in the past, and to deny or defer issuance of the medical certificate to an applicant who has a history of these conditions. An applicant who has a current diagnosis or history of these conditions may request the FAA to grant an Authorization under the special issuance section of part 67 (14 CFR 67.401) and, based upon individual considerations, the FAA AMCD or Regional Flight Surgeon may grant such a waiver.

Subsections of Mental Health Problems:

  1. Personality Disorder
  2. Psychosis
  3. Bipolar Disorder
  4. Anxiety Problems
  5. Substance Dependence
  6. Substance Abuse

Note: Numbers correspond to the required entry in the AME portion of the FAA Form 8500-8

25. Head, Face, Neck, and Scalp 42. Upper and Lower Extremities
26. Nose 43. Spine and other Musculoskeletal
27. Sinuses 44. Identifying Body Marks, Scars, Tattoos
28. Mouth and Throat 45. Lymphatics
29. Ear 46. Neurologic
30. Ear Drums 47. Psychiatric Conditions
31. Eyes 48. General Systemic
32. Ophthalmoscopic 49. Hearing
33. Pupils 50. Distant Vision
34. Ocular Motility 51. Near and Intermediate Vision
35. Lungs and Chest 52. Color Vision
36. Heart 53. Field of Vision
37. Vascular System 54. Heterophoria
38. Abdomen and Viscera 55. Blood Pressure
39. Anus (No Disposition) 56. Pulse
40. Skin 57. Urinalysis
41. G-U System 58. ECG (No Disposition)

Note: Numbers correspond to the required entry in the AME portion of the FAA Form 8500-8

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