I certainly can understand what he was saying.
I guess I'm the only one who isn't honest with my employer about my mental health issues. And I do have some.
If it were me, I would tell the manager and HR the truth.......maybe, but I would probably go the medical route "I'm taking a medical leave of absence" which is the truth.
I don't care what people say about me, but with these kind of LOA the rumor mill can be viscious and there are no secrets. If you're honest and upfront, and don't mind the extra added anxiety of coming back to a crew that knows you've been out for a mental health break, then by all means be honest.
But if my pysch. was willing to back me up on confidentiality I would think about it.
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In addition to the honesty issue - your physician or therapist will need to certify the FMLA on paper and provide a diagnosis and anticpated treatment plan.
I don't like the idea that the doc. has to provide the diagnosis and treatment. Seems like a horrible HIPPA violation. Then he will have to provide certification that you are safe to return to work. When I took a similar leave 20 years ago, I went through the employee assistance program and they said "he will be out of work for seven weeks, and that's all you need to know". Of course the rumor mill started, but that's o.k. No one new the truth.
The main thing is I'm glad you're getting the help you need and I hope you feel better soon.