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    There is a good chance I'm going to lose my mind before we even go to Alaska.....EFMP? You can actually be denied the ability to go with your husband to his next duty station just for being treated for depression? We aren't going to a 3rd world country...there are doctors in Alaska correct? This isn't Balto, we don't need to send a dog team to go get medicine. Its Anchorage not Djibouti.
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    I think the issue is not just receiving appropriate treatment, but also the stress of moving somewhere like Alaska (long winters, short summers, SAD risk, considered OCONUS, etc). Also, just because the care is there does not mean that they are accepting new patients. My friend is actually going through this right now with her daughter and EFMP (not to Alaska, but they are trying to move somewhere CONUS and are unable because even though there is care available they aren't currently taking new patients).

    I'm sure people that have been treated for depression have been cleared to go to Alaska, I'm guessing it all comes down to the severity and level of treatment required. Good luck!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTPatterson View Post
    There is a good chance I'm going to lose my mind before we even go to Alaska.....EFMP? You can actually be denied the ability to go with your husband to his next duty station just for being treated for depression? We aren't going to a 3rd world country...there are doctors in Alaska correct? This isn't Balto, we don't need to send a dog team to go get medicine. Its Anchorage not Djibouti.
    You are fundamentally misunderstanding EFMP and military medicine. Yes, there are doctors in Alaska. But sending you to them can be very expensive, and once you are there, the military is committed to providing any and all care you need. And mental health is something where they really can't just say, "Oy, it's a 6-8 week wait, sorrY", without really compromising your health and safety. Also, transitions like moving to Alaska can be challenging for anyone, and even more challenging for someone who already has a history of depression. They don't want to set you up for failure.

    Plenty of people get approved to move OCONUS with a history of depression. I've done 3 OCONUS moves with a history of anxiety, though I've been off meds and out of talk therapy for years at this point (though it was only about a year for our first OCONUS move). So you may very well be accepted, but it will depending on the severity of your situation, the current capacity of the base resources, and a few other factors.

    If you are denied, generally the military will try to shuffle orders and send someone else and find new orders for your DH. It doesn't always happen, but it's something they usually try to make happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    You are fundamentally misunderstanding EFMP and military medicine. Yes, there are doctors in Alaska. But sending you to them can be very expensive, and once you are there, the military is committed to providing any and all care you need. And mental health is something where they really can't just say, "Oy, it's a 6-8 week wait, sorrY", without really compromising your health and safety. Also, transitions like moving to Alaska can be challenging for anyone, and even more challenging for someone who already has a history of depression. They don't want to set you up for failure.

    Plenty of people get approved to move OCONUS with a history of depression. I've done 3 OCONUS moves with a history of anxiety, though I've been off meds and out of talk therapy for years at this point (though it was only about a year for our first OCONUS move). So you may very well be accepted, but it will depending on the severity of your situation, the current capacity of the base resources, and a few other factors.

    If you are denied, generally the military will try to shuffle orders and send someone else and find new orders for your DH. It doesn't always happen, but it's something they usually try to make happen.
    This. Exactly.

    We are in San Antonio and had a very long wait for specialty care and it was a particularly more difficult struggle to get psych care and this is a CONUS location.
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    You are not alone in this! A family down the street from me also had their orders changed due to EFMP. And being from Alaska, I can tell you the effects of the seasons on your mental health are real. While this may seem frustrating now, it will pass.
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    I live here now. Winter blows... it blows 100x more if you already suffer from depression. Honestly, I have the winter blues pretty bad right now. Also... as bad as it sounds, services are somewhat limited here. There's far fewer specialists and often wait lists. The gazillion hours of darkness in the winter though is a huge factor.

    That said EFMP is not perfect. I just had a friend appeal a denial to Grand Forks in North Dakota and won so there's always that option also. The base didn't have any proof of why they needed to deny them and she had already called the local schools and doctors they needed so were able to prove care.

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