Re: Short Term Disability/Family Leave Act for Depression
In order to qualify, your Doctor must provide written proof and medical records to support the diagnosis to your Employer and that your illness is precluding you from doing your job and affecting your ability to function. And, of course, that you are undergoing treatment - as far as I know, that definitely includes being medicated and possibly even therapy.
However, if the primary reason for you wanting to take some leave is that you hate your job, I would advise against it. Chances are, if you hate your job that much your performance in some way may be less than usual or there are other things wrong that your boss/manager notices. A lot of people I have seen this happen to go on leave, come back and get fired.
I would advise going to your Dr for help, getting on a mild medication to help you through it and seek some counseling. This way, you might not need to take time off or if you still think you need it, only a short time. The longer you're out of work, the more you will not want to return. It's unfortunate but usually people that go out on "stress leave" are viewed upon differently and often times poorly by their peers and mgmt. when they return and things are never the same.....