Everybody gets “down in the dumps” now and then. Marital
or financial problems, a death in the family, job stress,
change of location…you name it. Life can be darn hard and
get the best of you for a while. Fortunately, the FAA realizes
this. They recently gave guidance to us Aviation Medical
Examiners (AMEs) as to how to handle an airman who honestly
reports depression arising from a challenging situation---
minor or situational depression (https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=FebHBtwezwE). Minor depression has to
be differentiated from chronic recurrent depression. The
latter can come ou...