Have anyone had to present a doctor statement for depression as diagnosis? Please help!?
- 24 Dec 2011 by hope31
- 28 Dec 2011
- depression, doctor
I have been off of work for a month due to depression. I usually just need a dr statement stating that I was sick & unable to come to work. But this time, in order for me to get advanced sick leave, My employer wants me to present dr statement with diagnosis & prognosis for my illness. This is the only way for me to qualify for the advanced leave. I don't want 2 disclose the depression part of my illnesses, simply because I don't think that they will approve my leave of absence & they will look at me & think it's a joke. The boss over my boss is pressuring my manager to get the statement from me, because he is not just an evil person, but he is racist, unreasonable & deceitful, among other things!
Long, story short... I basically, wanted to get my psych doc to just put my other medical illness on the statement instead so that I won't be rediculed or denied the adv leave. The other illness that I suffer with is NASH, which a liver disease, has no cure & I wanted you guys to tell me what u think? I already asked the psych via the email/phone & I am awaiting for her response! Do u guys think that my request to my dr to put my other illness on the statement is wrong or unethical? Please tell me what u think! Please respond! thanks for any responses & God Bless u!
I understand your reluctance to tell your boss about the depression. Many don't understand it is an illness like anyother. Please understand if your doctor is unwilling to keep the depression under wraps, then your boss can not discriminate against you for the depression. It is a recognized illness that requires treatment and can go into remission. The key to what your doctor writes is whether you are able to perform your job and what your prognosis is. If you are receiving the appropriate treatment and complying then your boss has no room for condemnation.
I agree with laurie, they cannot discriminate against you because of your illness. Good luck and merrr Xmas
I am very sorry you are having these added problems, but as Laurie said, depression is a recognized illness, & they should not be able to withhold your leave because of it. Maybe they are trying to figure out how long you will be off, & whether they should hire a temp or something in the meantime. Honesty is usually the best policy, & you never know, maybe the person you are talking about understands depression. I really believe a lot more people know about it than is talked about. Most people have a least one member of their family that is or has gone thru depression. I wish you the best no matter what . Taking care of you is what is most important...
If they fire you, you can sue them for discrimination. I know you don't want stress. and you want to work. You don't want to make a scene. Honesty is always the best policy-be honest with them. Keep these posts to show that you want to work. what's the reason that you need leave-have that reason listed. My son got sick, while in a psych unit. They actually didn't know how to care for him. His room mate kept asking for pepto bismol and something to break the fever. His room mate called me and I went up and demanded liquids for my son. They finally got a family practioner up there. By that time all the patients were ill. I asked some of the nurses if they had kids. Yes- but these are mental patients. Sometimes they get so specialized that they're worthless, as in that case. Your mental health doctor might not feel comfortable about writing about your liver condition, because that's not his field of expertise.
So understand why your mental health provider will only write about depression. Either your boss will understand or will not understand-so document everything-anything anybody says about or to you-even your co-workers. Don't forget that today emails and text are evidence. Sometimes the people that you least expect will be sympathetic to you-so go in with an open mind.
no i dont think your dr will lie, but i went thru the same thing, and this is what my dr told my employer, that its againts the law, for you to request in detail due to the hipa law. and also told the employer that if the extended leave policy is infact a requirement, they can give the insurance adjusters/claim dept. name and number which then the dr can deal with them direct, i think your boss is just being nosy jackass... hope things work out
It looks like you may be a Christian. Lift this problem in the Lords hands. Try not to worried what the doc will write. You could be surprised what your boss really thinks. You are putting stress on yourself that you have no control over. When you get over this depression. Which takes awhile. I would try to find another job for sure. You should not be working for someone so miserable. It's not a healthy environment for anyone.
Hope this helps you, I'll say a prayer for you Hope.
dear hope I read all the posts u added and the replies to them.you are under stress,please be easy on yourself and stop worrying about what people think about you,every individual has a special identity and the soul purpose of our life is not to be perfect in the eyes of people,all these people are just like us HUMANS,God has only given different status to different people.Our purpose is to be perfect in the sight of God.you would spend your life acting as perfect but that would not take you any where.if you have a illness that is from God if people ridicule about it,its they who are fools not you.your real treatment lies here VALUING YOURSELF and with the help of God certainly you would achieve this target and come out from this ditch of depression.
I had to provide a doctors note to return to work after taking 8 days for anxiety/depression. Long story-short, I changed medication and my body crashed! At my doctors suggestion, he only wrote that I was ill and under his care at that time. He said "that's all they need to know". Luckily for me my employer accepted that. Good luck to you!
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