TRACON From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
I took Adderal for my ADD since I was about 6 and I am now 18 and have been off the medication for many months. I got accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to fly, and they tell me I have to take a whole load of mental tests to declare that I am not longer affected by ADD.
I have been off my medication for months and I get all "A"'s in my class studies. I feel that I am no longer affected by ADD, however the results of the various mental tests will determine if I am allowed to fly in ERAU.
I am kind of scared about these tests as I am unsure what they will show.
Are there any pilots out there that have had ADD and are now flying? I really want to talk with some of you in Private some time about this. I have wanted to fly my entire life and I am not about to let this slight bump in the road deter me from my life-long goals and dreams.
PapaNovember From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2214 times:
I'm almost 35 and have ADD and still take Strattera (occasionally). I'm surprised to hear that it would have any impact on flying. Although, I do find my mind wanders during long, boring, straight and level flights. It's always related to aviation, but not necessarily that exact second of flight. Of course, I'm in a 172 - not a commercial jet. I guess it depends on the severity of it's effects (the ADD) on a person.
I did go almost 18 years without Riddlin after high school, but the demands and stress load from my job caused me to seek out a new Dr. and prescription here in Houston.
Like I said, I only take it occasionally - on days when I have a lot of different tasks to accomplish and need to focus.
Incidentally, I did change jobs and that has helped out a tremendous amount.
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
TRACON, when they told you that you needed to take mental and physical tests, are you sure they didn't just mean getting your 1st or 2nd class medical? As far as I know, our school doesn't have any special requirements when it comes to ADD but don't take my word for it...
I was waiting to get in one of the sims a few months ago and this girl started talking to myself and my instructor and she appeared to have some sort of mental issues (real slow, slurred speech...thoughts were all over the place, etc). Obviously I'm not a doctor, but if this girl was medically able to fly, ADD should be no factor.
I believe they send you a good information packet when you get accepted about what is required to start flying here along with phone numbers of who to call.
Lastly, the other poster said to tell the complete truth on your medical exams, not just what they want to hear... While this is true, don't take it to an extreme... If you get a headache every now and then, don't check the "chronic headaches" box on the form...The doctors will put you through every kind of test imaginable before you are cleared. I'm not saying to lie, but just be smart. You are planning on doing this for a living, and not passing your medical will put an end to that in a second.
If the applicant reports being off the medications for 90 days and we receive evidence from the treating physician or counselor of good performance in school and the applicant is not demonstrating any attention deficit-related issues, we will likely grant medical certification
Amy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
"Oh no.... so I cant be a commercial pilot cuz I have ADD?"
It entirely depends on the patient. I would guess that TRACON had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as a child, tho please correct me if I am wrong. It is possible to grow out of this during teenage years and hardly be affected by it in adulthood.
If you have the adult form of ADD (as I do) then depending on severity, it might affect your chances more. I would hardly consider being a real pilot as I don't think I am anywhere near reliable enough. My mind wanders, I forget things... I would hear ATC messages and have forgotten the first part by the end of the message.
I should imagine that if it hasn't troubled you in a while then you'll be ok. I hope it all works out well for you