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disclosing depression on the residency application

GuyIncognito

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    So among the mountain of paperwork I have to fill out for residency is this:

    "Have you ever been affected by or sought counseling or treatment for drug use, chemical or alcohol dependency, or behavior problems?"

    Then you're supposed to provide details if yes.

    I took zoloft for depression for about 8 months in 2001 or 2002. I don't even remember the exact dates, it was so long ago. I didn't see a psychiatrist. I self-diagnosed myself and got them from university health and after a while I felt better and stopped taking them and I've felt fine ever since.

    So how much detail do they want? Do I have to go back to university health and dig up the exact dates and stuff? What a pain.

    I personally don't think it's any of their business if I took an SSRI five years ago, but if I lie and answer no, I'm sure it will come back to bite me in the ass later...
     

    Milo

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      GuyIncognito said:
      "Have you ever been affected by or sought counseling or treatment for drug use, chemical or alcohol dependency, or behavior problems?"

      Let's break that down.

      Have you received counseling/treatment? Yes, but that is not what the question asks.

      The question is specific. Have you ever been affected by or sought counseling or treatment FOR:

      a) drug use
      b) chemical use
      c) alcohol dependence (notice they didn't put use or abuse for that one)
      d) or behavior problems.


      From what you wrote you didn't have a, b or c of the above, if you didn't have behavioral problems (arrests, suspensions, expulsions, violence et cetera) then d would be a no as well.

      IMHO you can honestly say no to the question if you just had depression and sought/received help voluntarily. It's none of their damn business.
       

      Psyclops

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        I agree with Milo, for this question I wouldn't consider depression to be a behavior problem. You might have sought conseling for a mood disorder, but not a behavior problem. I don't know of any professional who would consider unipolar depression as a behavioral problem. I would feel confident in replying no to that question, and not feel underhanded or that I was splitting hairs or being in any way deceitful. I think you should answer no to that one. Good luck.
         
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