PGCE health questionnaire and mental health problems

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Hi,

I have an offer to start a PGCE in September 2019 and I was referred to a company who do occupational health screening for them. All the forums seemed to say "disclose everything!" so I did, including my diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (the least helpful label in the world - it just means long term anxiety and depression). In previous employment situations, I have kept things vaguer, just talking about "mental health" but it said specify diagnosis, so I did.

Today I got a phone call from the most officious call centre worker, who asked me really intrusive questions and pressured into giving yes/no answers to them. (content warning for the rest of the post: intrusive questions about my mental health) I was genuinely asked (without bringing it up myself) if I self harmed, when my last "episode" of self harm was, how I had self harmed, if I had ever felt suicidal (without clarifying what they meant by this) and when I had last felt suicidal.

They did not ask me how it would affect my ability to deal with kids or stressful situations, but for specific, gory details of the worst times in my life. They could have asked for my GP, who is fully supportive of my teacher training plans, to assess my fitness.

So I am now feeling a bit rubbish. They are going to call me back on Friday. Rationally, I know I am fit to teach, but I felt cornered and like they were already judging me. Has anyone else had negative experiences at this stage? What happened next?

TLDR; Whose experiences of health questionnaires weren't plain sailing?

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