I am in my late twenties. To put it bluntly I have a history of mental illness going back to my teens. My quick summary:
- Diagnosed with depression and prescribed Wellbutrin in my teens. I discontinued without doctor approval and stopped going to psychiatry.
- Diagnosed with ADHD in college and prescribed a litany of drugs to "try" including Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse. All were stopped with approval by my doctor because of horrible side effects and lack of any therapeutic effect.
- Mid 20s (~1 year ago) had an anxious breakdown due to an online harassment campaign and voluntarily committed to a mental hospital, spent 48 hours there. Left the hospital with an SSRI and Klonopin (benzo) prescription.
- Recently I discontinued SSRI use and switched back to Wellbutrin, have not taken Klonopin in 6 months or so but my doctor has had me keep it around in case of panic attacks.
I would say I have my depression under control but I have had 1 panic attack in the past six months.
I have been interested in aviation since I was a child and recently considered the idea of potentially pursuing a PPL, but I'm not hopeful. I'm 100% certain this would not be possible in the near future due to my current medication (Wellbutrin.) My doctor is confident that I can taper off this medication in the next 3 months however, and he views me as more or less stable. I don't feel anxious or depressed anymore and I haven't in some time. I like to think this is all behind me.
Is there any chance of attaining a medical in the far future (maybe 3 years of total stability from now), or is it pretty much not going to happen in this lifetime? Is it even a good idea to attempt to learn to fly, or should I stay far away from an airplane forever given my history?
Thanks for reading.