Employment, Careers & Mental health history

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Tess Anna
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Employment, Careers & Mental health history

I'm always worried that if I admit my ED to anyone, by telling a friend, or seeing a councellor/doctor, or even posting here, it will come back to be used against me later in life.

What do people think about this? Does anyone know much about privacy, mental health records, councellors and employment? I'm considering staying on in Aus for my career (I am currently studying there) - does anyone know much about Aus in particular?

I know that each person admitting their fallability is good for the world, as it helps destroy that myth that we all have to be/can be perfect all the time. However I have a hard time applying this to myself, and have previously been pretty intensely discriminated against on a personal level due to my ED past. Basically I'm scared and it's stopping me seeking help, and I don't know where to go from here because the thing is, I can't talk to anyone about it.

Tess Anna
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And yes, I know it's

And yes, I know it's ironic/stupid to post this online.

Sarahe_89
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Hi Tess Anna, Are you

Hi Tess Anna,
Are you planning on working in a health profession? Without knowing what you'e studying I can assume that your health records are private and your future employer won't have access to them. Unless you are applying to the military or applying directly to your health care professionals clinic.
If you are discriminated against because of your mental health, Australia does have a work ombudsman and unions that you can go to to seek advice and even legal action. Please don't let future opportunities stop you from getting the help you need!

Tess Anna
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Thanks for your advice. Well,

Thanks for your advice. Well, I'm not 100% sure that it won't come back to haunt me, but I've made an appointment with the GP and I think it'll be worth it in the end - I'm certainly not going to be reaching my employment potential if I don't deal with this.

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