Will an Rx for antidepressants in China cause future visa probs?
August 19, 2014 7:21 PM Subscribe
I live and work in China, and for the past few years have been struggling with some personal issues. So far I've been soldiering through, but I'm just about ready to go talk to a doctor/psychiatrist about whether or not I should try a course of antidepressants.
posted by duoshao to Travel & Transportation around China (1 answer total)
My concern now is that I believe mental health issues are a factor in visa decisions in China, but I don't know if this would extend to a limited term course of antidepressants or if it's only for more serious conditions. Does anyone know if a record of antidepressant prescriptions could affect future visa renewals -- either my current annual work visa/residence permit renewals or make it more difficult some years down the road if I switch employers or leave China and come back and need a new work visa?
If I were doing this outside of China the only medical information the consulate would see would be provided by me or by the health checkup people so this wouldn't be an issue. In this case though I'll be seeing a doctor in China and the prescription will be filled here so this will be in my local medical record. I'm not sure if antidepressant prescriptions get reported back to the government or not.
Does anyone have any insight or experience with this?