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Poll #1465753 On the nature of diagnosing mental illness or problems

Should General Practitioners, in the absense of a psychologist, be allowed to diagnose depression?


Should General Practitioners, in the absense of a psychologist, be allowed to diagnose PTSD?


Should an employer, on the basis of a General Practioner's diagnosis of PTSD and/or Depression be barred from requesting a second opinion before being forced to grant leave under FMLA?


*Where FMLA is the Family Medical Leave Act, which is designed to prevent people from being fired for, say, a certain level of unreliability due to major illness in themselves or immediate family, gives workers the right to take time off because they are ill, etc.

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Speaking somewhat from experience...

GPs are just fine diagnosing Depression. HOWEVER...PTSD is a much more complicated psychological disorder that they are NOT trained to properly diagnose nor are they trained to properly treat the disorder.

As for the barring of a request by an employer for a second opinion, I feel the employer should have a right to request a "QUALIFIED" practitioner (meaning Psychologist/Psychiatrist to perform a secondary evaluation, before allowing the employee to take FMLA for PTSD.

'Nuff said.

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I probably should have separated garden variety depression from clinical. Clinical depression is easy enough to spot for normal people with only a little information.

I have an issue, however, with the wholesale medicating of society for things that should be taken to a counselor and worked through instead.

Edited at 2009-10-03 05:45 pm (UTC)

should i ask?

The short version: Co-worker's niece dies. Co-worker is understandably upset. Boss -- generously, because the company doesn't have bereavement leave for anything other than immediate family -- arranges for co-worker to get some time off, and then allows co-worker to return part time in order to help the family.

Fast forward 3 weeks: Co-worker is in part time, begging off as often as possible and doing 1/4-assed job around the office. People have scheduled vacation, boss is in the process of moving, and we need her full time. Co-worker returns to work under shroud of pity-me. Co-worker attempts to call in 'I don't feel well' while another person is on vacation (a big no-no in a 5 employee office that runs two shifts), boss (who had worked a 12 hour day the day before and was woken up for this) says 'bring a note, can't spare you on your say-so, sorry.' Co-worker calls regional manager to say Boss is Mean. Fallout is... actually kind of amusing as, when confronted with 'HR is going to get you' says 'Bring it on mofo.'

Co-worker goes to GP and gets 2-week note on basis of PTSD. Then another 2-week note to extend absence for a month. Decides that the Friday before Labor Day is the time to say 'Can't come in, bye.' Attempts to collect on limited disability insurance by claiming she's too sick to work. Speculation is the insurance company told her to bugger off, as she returned to part time on Thursday.

In itself it's not the original 2-week note that bugs me (well, it does -- the situation actually reeked of someone going 'I'll show *you*') it's that I don't think a non-psychologist is qualified to make that determination without getting a second opinion. Getting her out of work for a month on the basis of a non-psychologist's opinion offends me.

yeah... when i was having the pregnancy from hell, my boss and our hr person basically told me that i was going on intermittent fmla or i'd have to be disciplined. it took 3 weeks and about 10 doctor's notes to get fmla worked out for me.

i asked because i'm now the fmla princess.

your co-worker is definitely milking the system.