Quote from ~mommyof2~
I accepted a job offer at a hospital and while doing my paperwork, it asks if there is a history of depression. I suffered from situational depression as a teenager, dealt with it, and now have no problems. It has been over five years ago. I would prefer not to disclose because of the stigma associated with mental illness. Any thoughts?? Thanks!
It is none of your employer's business, especially since you have not suffered a recurrence of depression in over five years. Some here might argue with me on this point, but I maintain that our medical histories should be PRIVATE, and that we don't give up our right to have our personal health information protected under HIPAA when we become healthcare practitioners.
I hear you about the stigma of mental illness, even though I try every day to advocate for more sensible ways of dealing with it in the workplace. My last employer was not kind to me when my own illness escalated this past spring to the point where I could no longer function without accommodations......and even though the job was partly to blame for it, I was terminated.
employer knows about it only because I worked there a few years ago, and my boss is also one of my best friends; after what I went through with the other job, I would never have disclosed my condition again. Thankfully, they are open-minded and willing to accommodate me, and they accept me the way I am.