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Re: Depression, and future employment...

Posted by Sean on May 28, 1999, at 15:25:46

In reply to Depression, and future employment... , posted by Mare on May 28, 1999, at 8:38:14

> Now that I have been diagnosed as clinically depressed, I guess that my medical records will reflect this as a *mental illness.* I have been at the same job for 20 years, but have been thinking about leaving for new opportunities. Has anyone had problems with their diagnosis keeping them from job offers, or being accepted on a new insurance plan, etc., etc. I am a little concerned, since an individual's privacy, in this electronic world, is drastically diminishing. Thanks for your time.
I have often wondered about this question, especially since
medical records are electronic and can get into
just about anybody's hands.

I guess it is like any other condition, except for
an extra load of stigma. It is hard enough to come
to terms with this stuff on your own, much less
getting further tweaked by potential employers!

I recently "came out" to my HR department and
excoriated them pretty hard for their discriminatory
payment for mental health benefits (I won't go
into it, but it was an awful, misleading situation)
The good news is that they changed the policy
this year. Of course now I am known for this,
but I say stick up for our rights...

I would hope that future employers would not have
access to this information, but who knows?





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