Hi, new to the DF. I am considering taking short-term disability from my job (up to 12 weeks) and am wondering if there are any disadvantages. I am severely depressed with GAD, have been under the care of both a psychologist and a psychiatrist, and they both think it's a good idea. My questions are, what happens if you decide not to go back to that job, instead, look for a new one? Will the new employer look badly upon you because of this, and how much do they have a right/need to know? I don't have a high-powered career or anything, just an average job, but am still wondering if this will hurt my chances of future employment. My current job is only adding to my stress and depression, and am not sure I will want to return to it if I do the short-term, but I figure short-term disability is better than getting fired over my inability to work and unemployment. If you have any other thoughts as well, that would be appreciated.