I am currently in my intern year & was very unhappy in my program. I have been very stressed out with work as well as family issues. My husband even suggested that I may be depressed. I continued to function, but one day felt overwhelmed and visited a psychiatrist. She diagnosed me with major depression and I am now on an antidepressant. I have been taking it for a couple months now. I recently, at the urging of my psychiatrist, requested medical leave from my program that was granted for a period of no greater than 6 months. For now, I'm taking time to take care of myself. I feel better, but I do not wish to return to my program. My husband is very supportive. I most likely will not be returning to this program after I come off from leave. I plan on taking the rest of the year to rest (fortunately I took Step 3 months ago and passed), transferring and doing a transition year somewhere else, getting my license, and working in a non-clinical setting. I haven't told any of my colleagues or program director my plans. But, my program director remarked a few days ago about difficulties to near impossibility of getting a medical license if you've been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition requiring treatment as well as if there are time gaps/periods of inactivity/medical leave during residency training. Is this true? If so, would I even need a medical license to work for a consulting firm, pharmaceutical company, or in a non-clinical setting?