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FAA reverses rules on pilots treated for depression

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Starting Monday, some pilots on anti-depressants can return to the cockpit.

The FAA is reversing a decades old practice based on the belief that pilots suffering from depression are a safety risk.   Now, pilots with mild or moderate depression who have been taking Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Lexapro for at least a year, and are considered stable can fly again.

The FAA says the pilots will be closely monitored.

Some argue making the pilots sait a year still deters some suffering from depression from getting the help they need.

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