QUOTE(ACA529 @ Aug 11 2009, 04:47 PM)
What are the rules on getting a private pilot license or commercial pilot license if you have bipolar disorder that is being controlled by medication?
I can`t say as I am not a doctor nor do I know what bi-polar is, but. . .
All you want to do is go to your Aviation Medical Doctor and ask him/her, in fact, spend the money and go do the medical exam - like we do, every six months and, tell him your thing. He will look at his rules and regs for his medical exam and then put your exam along with this bit of information in the post to the Med people at. . . wherever you are in Canada, UK, America, Europe etc. They will then assess it all - as they assess everyone, and they will determine their response or they will ask you to go down to the main medical centre in wherever you live. They may then give you a further exam or ask you a few more questions about yourself etc. They might want to see you doctors reports/medical records. After they have done all this - they will determine whether or not you are fit to fly. If you are fit to fly, then you get the medical. If not, then you fail the medical. They may even recommend that you fly but with a safety pilot, it depends on them and your thing.
Behave normally, as you naturally would. I say this, because one PPL guy had had a brain clot thing and got it all fixed up and they passed him. They only said go forth with a safety pilot and see how you do. Unfortunately, the whole thing put him under so much pressure that he became a total pain in the a-- to all and everyone concerned, including all the ground staff and the instructor. He was such an absolute **I have a dirty mouth** that when the instructor tried to aid him with a golden nugget of flying experience such as "if you transpose the runway direction onto your DI you will be able to see which direction the circuit (pattern) lies - etc, for greater orientation before you approach the circuit" Instead of taking this on board or saying thank you (because he was unsure of the circuit direction) he just snapped back at the instructor and told him to shut up - fair play, fair play. He then proceedes to enter opposite direction to downwind. Nuff said. So be cool.
I hope this helps. Good luck.