I am in the process of looking for a new job. Some years back, I was treated on an inpatient unit for
depression. I still see a psychologist once a week and take medication. Do I have to tell a prospective
No, The American Disability Act (or ADA) makes it illegal for an employer to ask you anything related to your
health - physical or mental - unless the problem will effect the essential functions of your employment. Therefore,
unless you will be needing to attend frequent appointments relating to your condition during working hours (such as
a partial hospitalization program) or there are aspects of your job you would not be able to handle because of your
depression, you are not required to tell a prospective or current employer.
Good luck with the job hunt!
Annemarie Infantino Murphy, Ph.D.