Does the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder perturb careers?
July 1, 2005 5:20 PM Subscribe
What are the potential (career, financial) ramfications of receiving a diagnosis for a psychiatric disorder?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm specifically NOT referring to the effects of the disorder itself, or effects resulting from any medical treatments. I'm also not asking about the ramifications of such an official diagnosis and the effects on one's social circle.
Rather, I'd like to know whether in the U.S., having a diagnosis of ANY psyciatric disorder is a large handicap to one's academic career, career proper, ability to work in government, ability to receive financial services (e.g. loans, mortgages), and healthcare insurance, life insurance, etc. And other types of services / institutions along those lines.
Do employers, insurance companies, graduate programs, or other organizations frequently enquire about such diagnoses on application forms? Would government security clearances be more difficult to obtain? Entry into professional schools for lucrative careers more difficult? Health insurance rates higher?
And is the nature of the disorder a major considertion? Is dysthymia (minor depression) or say, seasonal affective disorder considered less problematic than say, schizoprenia? Or is it a binary type thing, where simply ticking off the "had diagnosis" checkbox tends to penalize one severely without further examination?