I am currently employed at a government contractor in which a top secret security clearance is mandatory. I have no issues with getting the clearance except one: I have in the past have had problems with depression and currently am seeking help to prevent a relapse. I am also taking prescription medication as ordered. I am TERRIFIED that my problems in the past will come back to haunt me. I was able to obtain a Secret clearance in 1997 with no problems. I have never did drugs, committed a felony, declared bankruptcy or have ever betrayed my country in any way. This may not be your area of expertise but I need to know; Will I be denied a clearance?
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I don’t know the answer to your question. I don’t have the right clearance (grin!). But, all kidding aside, it would seem quite unfair for you to be denied the ability to serve based on your having a well researched chronic illness for which you are receiving responsible preventative treatment. I would hope that they would not hold this against you. Depression is nothing to be ashamed about. Depression is a treatable illness. It is not a ‘weakness’ any more than having a chronic health problem such as diabetes is a weakness.
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