How is diagnosed but treated Bipolar I viewed by the US Coast Guard and Dept of Homeland Security when seeking
hospitalized over 5 years ago and have been consistently on medication since without any significant incident.
I really like the ocean and sailing and am considering career opportunities as a mariner. But I need to know if the Bipolar diagnosis will be an unavoidable and insurmountable barrier. Are you a mariner or do you know someone who had Bipolar or similar mental illnesses? How was that handled on the various Coast Guard Physicals etc? How have employers handled that (or were they informed at all?) Did it entail a ceiling to career advancement?
If it matters, I'm honestly drawn more to something in the traditional tall ship sailing or sailboat-eco tourism arena. However, as I understand, even that will likely require at least a OUPV
license eventually. So the question still remains, how does the Coast Guard View bipolar for these type of licensing?
Additionally--even though my end goal is to sail a traditional sailing ship--a career aboard a commercial/industrial/MSC
/tug or similar job seems like it would be a good way to some sea going experience, probably with relatively better pay and more direct career options available. That and it does hold it's own unique appeal and opportunity for adventure to me as well. So I would be sad if that avenue were foreclosed.
Also, I don't feel I should have to defend who I am, but I do take this seriously. I've been in a life or death situation on the water in the past and handled it well, with mental clarity, and everyone lived. With proper training I feel I could perform any stressful seaborne job that I am otherwise capable of. to be sure, I don't ever expect to test that with something like catching king crab on "The Deadliest Catch" or do something outrageously dangerous like that :)
Thanks for the advice! Please feel free to PM me if more comfortable.