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“The Doctor’s Note” Depression and your job

shutterstock_159284885I don’t know why they say, “Go to your doctor.” I’ve been in a hole the past week and need a doctors note to justify my absence at work which really isn’t happening and shows the stupidity of the modern age to expect someone with a mental illness to make it a doctor for a note.

I’m not VespaGirl lately. I can’t get up and drive to the “doctor.” But I need that doctor’s note. I called my psychiatrist to get a note and cried so hard on the answering machine that he called me back and left a message saying he couldn’t understand me.

So, where does this take me. If I am depressed and need a “doctors note” for work and don’t have a physical ailment to justify not showing up to work, but have depression, how am I supposed to get a note. That is a statement and a question. What chronically amazes me is that in this day and age people have zero regard for what constitutes “sick” and needing a “note.” A physical note, let’s hide the mental one cause, that doesn’t exist. Hell, I thought about forging one cause I was so scared of putting myself at risk with my job. I even called a colleague that went on “medical leave” when she was depressed and said verbatim that the note should say she is out for “medical reasons” and will return at this date. I can’t put a date on my depression, but I have to. If I had a broken leg and a note I could be out for weeks.

Depression doesn’t heal itself in a few days, but I need to be back to work in a few days. I’ll find a way to make it happen. Cause that’s what I do. But looking at the big picture it amazes me that if I need a “doctor’s note” that means I need to have seen a doctor to justify my absence and guess what, I don’t have a physical problem, I have a mental episode and am going to have to have my psychiatrist fax a note saying “due to medical reasons…” dot dot dot. And not say it’s a mental problem cause THAT’S not a good idea cause then you’re labeled as Bipolar or crazy or whatever.

How can I get a “doctor’s note” when I can’t leave my place.

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“The Doctor’s Note” Depression and your job

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2014). “The Doctor’s Note” Depression and your job. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 16, 2019, from


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