15+ Year Member
- Oct 11, 2006
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I've finally admitted and accepted the fact that I am clinically depressed, and I think this has severely affected my performance in residency in the past 3 months, to the point of being warned that if things don't change, I risk being put on probation. I am now seeking help from counsellors. Despite the counselling and me trying to work harder, things are not getting better. I feel that things won't change or get better unless I take time off to sort myself out. I am wondering if I should let my PD/mentor know that I have been diagnosed with clinical depression? What implications will this have for my permanent file? Will this now show up everytime in the future I try to seek licensure, employment, or another residency?
Part of me feels I should resign now before I put anymore blemishes on my record.
I'm at a loss of how to improve my clinical performance and ward off probation while still dealing with my depression. I'm also wondering how do PDs deal with residents who are clinically depressed?
The answer is "it depends on the PD". If you're already at the point of getting put on probation, sounds like you really don't have much to lose by disclosing. If you don't and your performance continues at this level, you'll get fired. If an LOA would help your situation, you'd be better off with an LOA compared with getting fired.