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Diagnosed with DEPRESSION, on PROZAC. Need doctor's excuse.

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I have been diagnosed with depression by my general practitioner and have missed school because of this. My doctor just upped my dosage of prozac to 40 mg. I have just started feeling better on this dosage and have continued school where I left off. After explaining my feelings and the severity of my depression I asked my GP for a doctor's excuse and she said no. Is this a normal thing for a doctor to do with a patient with diagnosed depression? I missed a bit of class just trying to get over my emotional hardships. What should I do?

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Thanks for posting your query at

I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.

If your doctor is treating you for depression then you have all the rights to recieve a certificate that you are seeking treatment for depression. However the doctor reserves the right to mention or not about the requirement of staying out of school. If the doctor has advised to stay out of school then he should give you a certificate stating so. Even if not , atleast he can give a certificate that you were on treatment for depression for the said period.

You may give him a written request for certificate and ask him to refuse on paper if he wants to.
Hope this helps
Kind regards
Dr. Srikanth Reddy MD

Patient replied :

Dr. Srikanth Reddy,
Thank you for your answer and help. I am definitely going to ask my doctor for a certificate in writing. This way I can atleast get a solid answer. Is there any particular way I should write my letter? I apologize for this being more of a medical advice question instead of a health question. I just did not know who else to ask.


Thanks for a follow-up.
You may mention your consultation dates and the reason for sonsultation in brief. And then request for a certificate mentioning the purpose for certificate. You may also mention that if the certificate is being denied, it be denied on paper by replying to this mail.

Dr. Srikanth Reddy
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Doctor of Medicine (MD), Psychiatry Residency Program,2001 – 2012
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