Just to make this known - there are police officers, currently, who have been on antidepressants, and have stayed on antidepressants. They don't come out and announce it to the world, but I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers were significant enough to show, these same officers can still perform their jobs up to par, like any other respected law enforcement official, while on antidepressant medications.
However, don't assume you'll be cured from your anxiety disorder, five years from now. From my life experience I've learned that anxiety disorders are chronic, meaning they last a life time, and there is no *cure* where they don't came back. Whether you decide to believe me, you'll have to learn this from your own life experience. Many people don't want to admit this, and I could argue until I'm blue when I say this, but anxiety disorders do not come and go, instead they are not curable.
But in regards to your original post, what I think you are really saying is " "Will I be discriminated against for taking medication if I were to apply for employment as a police officer?"
And I will say:
Yes. There could be discrimination against you for taking psychotropic medications - in any profession - not just the law enforcement sector. As there is discrimination against someone's medical, psychiatric disability, there is also discrimination because of skin color, sex, race, religion, income status, age, sexual orientation, etc. So even if you were to drop the police officer path, you could still be discriminated in another profession, not just police enforcement. Fortunately there are laws that protect us from employment discrimination.
But with that said, my attitude still is -- Who gives a SH1T if there are narrow minded people who may discriminate against you from being a police officer, because you take antidepressants? FUC# THEM. If you want to be a police officer, then go for it. FU#K THE HATERZ. If you need medication (regardless of whether you want to be on medication) then you're going to have to stay on it, otherwise you are going to repeat the last two years of life over and over and over. Anxiety disorders just don't go away, and many need to be on medication (for life) to control them., at least for now, until technology learns how to repair the brain.
As mentioned, there are laws that would protect you against employment discrimination, like the American Disabilities Act http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/
, because you do have a legitimate disability protected by law.
Likewise a good lawyer could easily file a case on your behalf, if it were to happen, so you wouldn't be singled out for being on antidepressants, if you were more than qualified, just like any other person who wanted to be a police officer, without your medical disability.