My psychiatrist thinks I may have an underlying psychotic illness. Is it even worth applying for government positions?
I've been considering applying to some roles that also need clearances. I am doing well these days, but do have a series of mental health issues. I have bipolar disorder, though some medicare forms may be schizoaffective disorder/schizophrenia as my psychiatrist thinks I may have an underlying psychotic illness and he says this to medicare when approving my medication.
I guess I'm just worried about a paper trail. I have been hospitalised multiple times, including multiple times on involuntary commitment orders. I have also been admitted to community mental health services and intensive outpatient programs. In addition to the illnesses I mentioned above, my records (which are accessible due to community mental health services) include borderline personality disorder, anxiety, alcohol abuse disorder and suicide attempts. I've probably been on about 15 medications, so that will also show up I'm guessing. I've never been arrested or in court though (I was supposed to have a court ordered extended hospitalisation, because they couldn't hold me legally any longer without it, but my social worker convinced me to sign a form instead of going to court).
Q. Is it even worth applying for government positions? I don't want to waste my time, and I also don't want to have to explain a security clearance fail as it is quite personal.
ANSWER: A pre-security clearance check will make things more certain. Have your recruitment agency or the prospective employer contact us, in order for you to go through a cleard.life assessment, with an official qualified vetting practitioner, so that they can obtain trusted advice. The details and your answers will never be disclosed to the employer yet they will have actionable intelligence - doing it before going through the entire official process will help every one and not put undue pressure on you.