I don't understand the FAA's policy for psychiatric medications (specifically anti-depressants). Obviously I'm glad there is oversight into who can obtain a pilot's license for the safety of the pilot, crew, passengers, and the people on the ground. And obviously people need to be in a stable condition before they eligible to fly. But some of these rules sound ridiculous to me.
First, they won't approve you to fly while taking a psychiatric medication, but they may approve you to fly if you decide to go off of it for 60 days.
So basically if you have a chronic mental health condition, and you are taking a medication for it, and it's working well without side effects, it's better to go off the medication before you try flying? Wouldn't the disease be more apt to return if you were off the medication, than on it? That sounds like a very stupid risk for the FAA to take.
Are they worried about side-effects? Most of the side effects for modern SSRIs are very limited and/or transient and/or don't apply to flying (like constipation), so I know they can't be worried about those.
Are they just concerned about withdrawals if you miss a dose? That seems pretty unlikely to happen, and probably less likely to cause trouble than to go off meds entirely.
Basically, I don't get it. It seems that if you are fully-treated for a condition without side effects that you should be eligible to fly, regardless of whatever drugs are put in your body. Honestly, I'd be more concerned if people were taking less medications for passing a test, than what they were on before.