#1vaneesaAnswered at 2014-05-04 17:46:49
I am a psychologist. I also suffer from depression (well-controlled by medication now). I have had to take short-term disability leave twice in the past. A few years ago, I was working in HUman Resources, so the information I give you is not just my opinion, it is valid information.
You may take up to 12 weeks FMLA for this illness. Your company must have a job for you at the same rate of pay when you get back, however, it may not be the same position that you have now. (In most cases it WILL be your same position, however.)
There is not a "typical" amount of time to take off for such an illness. You can't take off at all for this type of illness unless you are being treated by a physician. Your doctor is the one who should determine how long for you to take off. He/she will determine this as your treatment progresses. (I was off for 3 months the first time and 2 months the second time.)
According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) you cannot be fired for being ill. Unfortunately, many companies don't want people working for them who have a disabling condition. If you get fired or "laid off" for being sick, file for unemployment, and then see what you can do legally under the ADA. The unemployment agency should be able to answer your questions about this.
Also, look up Americans with Disabilities Act on the internet so that you will know your rights.
Hopefully, you have short-term disability insurance so that you will have an income while you are off. Also, if you need it, consider applying for food stamps for this brief period of time.
For now, focus on taking care of yourself. Good luck on feeling better soon.