How Receiving Psychological Health Care Impacts Your Security Clearance

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The Department of Defense wants you to know getting help for a psychological issue is a sign of strength. Many people do not reach out for help because they are afraid it will harm their careers. Speaking up can be a sign of good judgment, responsible behavior and a commitment to performance. Service members, contractors and civilians are often required to have a security clearance, so the department has taken actions to eliminate negative stereotypes about psychological health problems and the impact of treatment on careers.

The Department of Defense has made changes to “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” Standard Form 86 to protect applicants’ privacy and ensure that there will be no negative repercussions because of treatment or counseling for a psychological health issue.

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