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- Apr 4, 2007
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I am currently filling out the forms required to start residency. On one of the health clearance forms, they ask about current/past medical and psychiatric conditions; the second question is whether one has ever seen a mental health professional (as well as why).
I have looked through prior threads to gain some perspective on this topic, though many times it seems that a question will be worded to ask if the medical/psychiatric condition would impair an individual's ability to perform as a physician. My health forms do not have this particular "impair" wording attached to it. In my particular case, I had an eating disorder in the past, though I was treated and have not had an episode for many years. I wrote about this experience in the residency application personal statement, and it was something that I often discussed on my interviews.
It seems that there remains a cautionary stigma against fully disclosing all mental health histories on such forms, and I certainly don't want to be labeled as "unstable" or "unfit" for service. However, given that I'd already talked about my eating disorder and the treatment I received, I assume this means I can't really skirt around the truth. Would you recommend that I fully disclose my eating disorder history, including my treatment with a mental health professional?
Thanks for your advice.
aPD can chime in here, but personally, I'd recommend telling the truth. Just be brief and to the point, no need to add details (length of treatment, medication use, etc) that weren't requested. But, I think it would be best to answer the question that was asked.