Renee ... RELAX! If a medication is prescribed for you by your physician and you do not experience any side-effects that may compromise your or a patients safety...THERE IS NO PROBLEM. NO. You do not give this information to Human Resources (or anybody else for that matter). The Employee Health Nurse will interview you. THAT IS THE ONLY PERSON YOU NEED TO TELL. I was concerned as well, when I applied at my first hospital job. I was taking anxiety medication, and Hydrocodone (I had been taking for about 3 years due to spinal injury). It is confidential..it goes into a seperate record with the Employee Health Nurse. NOW: I was worried. I asked the Nurse if taking these medications were going to disqualify me for the job. She smiled at me and said, "Honey, if taking (prescribed) medications were an issue WE WOULD NOT HAVE ANY EMPLOYEES HERE". It is okay. Relax. My advice is do not discuss any of your personal health issues with anybody except the Employee Health Nurse. Nobody else has the right to know. Some of the (many) gossipers will just take information you provided to them, just in general conversation and the whole unit will know. Then, if you are not in the "clique"..just like Jr High School ... they will try and use the information against you at somepoint. (I also am diagnosed with OCD, PANIC DISORDER, DEPRESSION, and SPINAL STENOSIS). Relax. WE (caregivers) ARE HUMAN TOO. I hope this helps you.
If you are indeed depressed or have a diagnosis of any psychiatric issue (anxiety, whatever...taking the medication is IN NO WAY a "HAPPY PILL" like some people believe). The problem stems from lowered Serotonine levels. If you are not depressed...you will not feel any difference. Sort of like taking an aspirin...if you have a headache, it may work...if not....no detrimental effects to your health. My advice to you: Take the medication...get any counseling you need. If the medications somehow make you have unpleasant side-effects, discuss this with your physician. (I have been there too- - A LOT of us have been there). Take care of YOU first...ALWAYS! I had the tendency to work to provide for others and neglect myself and right now, I am on leave...physical and mental exhaustion. So, take care of YOU...then you will be able to take care of everybody else and enjoy doing it. Okay? Good Luck!