How do new employers feel about an episode of anxiety/depression?

(4 Posts)
letseatgrandma Thu 25-Apr-13 20:58:40

DB is filling in the medical history form for a new job and it asks if you have ever suffered from any of a list of medical issues: anxiety/depression/stress, fainting, chest pains, epilepsy etc etc. He suffered briefly from anxiety/depression nearly ten years ago-was prescribed mild anti-depressants, came off them as the GP advised and has not suffered since. He has also had no sick days in the last year which the form asks for. Would employers be concerned about this past episode and how is it best to phrase it? It was mainly due to an evil boss-related stress, but I doubt that is the sort of thing to write ;)

Obviously he needs to tell the truth, but is it something that is going to be asked about on employment forms forever!? He could be applying for a job at 50 and still have to mention something that happened age 19!? Tbh, it would put me off going to the doctors in the first place to get help for something like this if I thought employers might need to know about it for jobs I applied for over my entire working career sad

Numberlock Thu 25-Apr-13 21:49:00

Leave it off, not relevant.

SageMist Fri 26-Apr-13 17:38:38

I've had a number of episodes of depression, with time off ranging from 4 months to 0 days, over 30 years.

I've changed jobs 3 times, and had loads of interviews, in the last 10 years.

I've only been asked once about any possible long term illnesses/disabilities and this was after I'd been offered a job. I answered truthfully about my depression. They did not withdraw the job offer.

I am not saying that all employers are like this, bur I personally have never had any problems.

littleflowerlady Sun 28-Apr-13 12:14:20

I would leave it off. Lots of people seem to have suffered/are suffering from the same thing in my experience.

I think a lot of employers would use it as an excuse to filter out potential employees (wrongly).

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