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Is it a bad idea to see a psychologist before applying to OCS?

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I'm about to start the application process for OCS in the USMC. I don't have any mental health issues, or anxiety disorders. Some people have just recommended for me to see a shrink to discuss ways to handle my anxiety. I definitely could go through life without it, but I do have some anxiety which I wouldn't mind some help managing.

I'm already in an uphill battle medically because I have hypothyroid, which even though the medical manual says I don't need a waiver for, I probably will end up needing one anyway.

Would this be a non-factor in MEPS or should I just tough out the next year of college if I want to get into OCS?
 

NavyOffRec

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If you need to see a psych then do it, however it will cause more issues with your application, the ones you have are probably killers anyway, if you are having anxiety dealing with college then what you will experience in the USMC will be just that much harder.
 
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If you need to see a psych then do it, however it will cause more issues with your application, the ones you have are probably killers anyway, if you are having anxiety dealing with college then what you will experience in the USMC will be just that much harder.
I talked to a doctor in the Navy, and he said hypo is the only condition that requires daily meds that doesn't need a waiver, and I know other Marines who were allowed to have their medication with them at OCS.

As for the anxiety, it's nothing to do with the workload or anything, its about a single issue and is nothing I can't handle. I was just wondering if that would DQ me for anything automatically.
 

NavyOffRec

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I talked to a doctor in the Navy, and he said hypo is the only condition that requires daily meds that doesn't need a waiver, and I know other Marines who were allowed to have their medication with them at OCS.

As for the anxiety, it's nothing to do with the workload or anything, its about a single issue and is nothing I can't handle. I was just wondering if that would DQ me for anything automatically.
There is a difference between having something before you came in and having something develop while you are in, I have first hand experience having a person in a critical skill getting PDQ for Hypothyroidism
 

RUFiO181

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The OP is starting to show a consistent trend in which he asks a question, gets a candid response/s from a SME, and then begins to go on the defensive. He showed it with the hypothyroidism thread and now showing it here. Between the low GPA, hypothyroidism, and now possible psych issues... I can see why any USMC OSO or Navy OR would not return your calls. I would do the same as well.

You posted a question... got an answer.... what else do you want? Do you want us to give you the answer you "want" to hear?

Also in regards to your anxiety, this is straight from the MANMED:

"Current or history of anxiety disorders


(anxiety (300.01) panic (300.2)) agoraphobia

(300.21), social phobia (300.23), simple phobias

(300.29), obsessive-compulsive (300.3), (other acute

reactions to stress (308», post-traumatic stress disorder

(309.81), are disqualifying."
 
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Damn man. I dont think I have a “psych issue” or a low GPA. I’ve talked to one Marine recruiter informally. Hypothyroidism I can understand, but I’m just going off of what a Navy Doctor who runs an MEPS station has told me...
You should probably trust someone who screens candidates for a living when they tell you your stats are low. I had a 3.3 GPA and it was considered low in my package. Better to own your weakness than deny it and be disappointed later.
 
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You should probably trust someone who screens candidates for a living when they tell you your stats are low. I had a 3.3 GPA and it was considered low in my package. Better to own your weakness than deny it and be disappointed later.
Yeah fair enough. I haven’t even talked to an OSO or told anyone my GPA so it’s dishesrtening to hear my resume is shit when I haven’t even started the application process yet
 

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^ Concur. Rufio and NavyOffRec have given you some solid gouge. If you need treatment, help, counseling, whatever - you should get it. Sorry.
 
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