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Briefly, I have recently been suffering from rather severe depression; I`m 53 and rarely get medical treatment, but I got a bunch of bloodwork and some scans to rule out what I guess are the physical causes, all were. The local doc that I saw locally wanted me to see a psychiatrist immediately; I`m reluctant due to confidentially issues: I was told that if I an sent toa facility without my consent that it will show up on my record (and this will certianly result in my losing my job-it`s a high security workplace) and that I may very well lose my right to own firearms (my lifelong hobby is gun-collecting and it`s a big part of my life). The primary-care doctor was adamant that I see a psychiatrist immediately, I just don`t want to ruin my life over this. I have never felt worse or more "down", but maye this will pass. Do I have the right to just skip the referral and wait and see or can she "rat me out" and coerce me to go? Bad choice of words, afer all, I asked for her help and she`s trying to help me. But do I have the right to say no: I don`t want this on my record for the reasons stated...How about starting over with a new psychiatrist as a john doe? I have the money to self-pay............ThANKS


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Radu   Saveanu, MD Radu Saveanu, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University