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First, I would like to congratulate you for pursuing a career in occupational therapy. I have reviewed the licensure requirements in the state of Florida. The main requirement is that the applicant is of good moral character which basically means no criminal record. The Florida Board does require a disclosure about certain medical conditions. I have listed those questions from the Personal History section below:
If you answer "yes" to either of these questions, then the Florida Board requires an additional written statement from you. In that statement, you have to detail the condition. You must also include prescriptions, treatment plans, letters from your treating physicians. This information will allow the board to determine if you medically fit for the position. In some cases, the Board may require an in person interview. It may also license you on a temporary basis or require that your practice is monitored for a period of time.
The short version of the answer is that the Board takes medical conditions on a case by case basis. The mere existence of an anxiety disorder will not preclude you from being an occupation therapist. The Board will review the facts and circumstances relevant to your case and make a decision based on your case.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
In the last six years, have you been hospitalized for insomnia? Also, did your recent anxiety attack prevent you from participating in your occupational therapy studies?
If the answer to both is no, then you are not impaired. If you have another recurrence of anxiety, you may need to reevaluate your answer. However, one recurrence in 6 years when you are trying to deal with life changing issues such as illness is not an impairment.
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