What happens if you're diagnosed with a mental illness?
June 4, 2012 3:04 PM Subscribe
What are the potential consequences of having an official mental illness diagnosis on your record?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I suspect that I have OCD and/or depression, though I have never been officially diagnosed with either and, of course, I am not a doctor. I have been afraid to go to a therapist/psychologist/health professional about this because I'm worried about what that will mean for me in the future.
I acknowledge that it's probably more important to get help than worry about any potential fallout from being diagnosed. That being said, I'd like to know what I may be in for should I go and be diagnosed. For example, I read somewhere that in certain states, if you have a mental illness diagnosis you can't own weapons. That may or may not be true, but that's what I'd like to know.
How does a diagnosis affect insurance rates, coverage, ability to get life insurance, obtain weapons, etc.? Do I have to begin disclosing this information as a prior condition? Will all doctors (medical and psychologists) have access to this information from now on?
And, at the root of this, is a fear of the stigma associated with mental illness. How do I get over that fear? Is it possible to just deal with this on my own?
Thanks for your advice.