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Doctors? - December 20th 2010, 05:39 AM

I'm getting a "physical examination" done in February and if they see cuts and burns on my legs are they obligated to tell if I don't want them to? Like can I just get referred to a therapist or something without my parents really knowing what's going on? Or will they throw me in a psych ward?
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Re: Doctors? - December 20th 2010, 05:47 AM

Hi, WhoAmI?,

I have had a physical examination before, and my cuts and scratches were seen and I was not admitted to a psych ward. Most of the time you are admitted to a pysch ward when you have openly admitted, or a psychiatrist suspects, that you harmed yourself with a suicidal intention.

As for telling your parents, I went with mine, and they were present.
They might however inform your GP or mental health professional.
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Re: Doctors? - December 20th 2010, 06:09 AM

Thanks! So did the doctor ask you anything about them?
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Re: Doctors? - December 20th 2010, 06:23 AM

My doctors have never asked anything, aside from times when I've been in the ER for kidney problems and they send in a guy who's all "You've been pretty sick, and have had alot of stuff going on this past year. Have you ever had thoughts of hurting yourself or commiting suicide" and then didn't check when I said no. And when I had to get blood drawn, and get ivs and all that, the nurses/iv specialists just overlooked the scars and cuts on my wrist, so yeah. I wouldn't be too uptight about it. But I guess it just depends on your doctor. Good luck!

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Re: Doctors? - December 21st 2010, 12:26 AM

The doctor pretended to not know what they were from, but then asked about them.
I told him ... he asked me why I did it. I explained. He asked about my safety.

That's it really.
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Re: Doctors? - December 21st 2010, 01:13 AM

My doctor saw them and ended up telling my mom and referring me to a therapist. There is always a chance.

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Re: Doctors? - December 22nd 2010, 12:48 AM

My own physical was with both a therapist and a MD, due to the sheer amount of injuries. Some of the questions asked were; "are these self-inflicted or from someone else?" "is there people availible for you to talk with about your problems" "what were your intentions" "would you be open to attending therapy for this?" ...they never touched my scars, and they never labelled them as such. Though I had inflicted them on myself, and at the time that I had cut, mostly as a form of release, with a few true suicide attempts, the shrink asked me if I would mind coming to therapy. Depending what country you live in, if your over 14 or 16 (usually 16) the MD and therapist are legally required to remain silent unless you sign a "release of information," if your younger they legally have to talk to your parents about it, though you can ask, and if they deem you aren't a serious risk, they may refrian from talking to them until a later date (if there is no improvement) or never, if there is some improvement. It may however be required that you see a cousellor or therapist, through school, or through the hospital. The only time that they are allowed to breach your confidentiality is by court order, or if there is the threat that you are in serious harm.

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Re: Doctors? - December 22nd 2010, 01:46 AM

First: No, they are not going to throw you in the psych ward. The doctor is most likely going to ask about them and try to figure out whether or not they think you are a danger to yourself at that moment. Depending what state (or country) you live in the doctor may be forced to tell your parents if they think you are an immediate danger to yourself, otherwise they have to keep it confidential. They probably ask you if are willing to see a therapist or if you are already seeing one. They can also help refer you to one if you would like to see one.

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Re: Doctors? - December 22nd 2010, 04:24 AM

No they will not throw in a psych ward. However they will ask you about them, and then talk to your parents about it. Just be prepared to be really,, really nervous, because this exactly how my mom found out that I was cutting except I was at the doctor I go to for my ADHD. Additionally they will refer you to a counselor or therapist.


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Re: Doctors? - January 2nd 2011, 09:25 PM

well, technically speaking they can throw you in a psych ward. It personally didn't happen to me because I just got out of the psych ward a few days (ish?) before I went for my doctor check up; However, I've heard that they CAN. hope you have a nice/good doctor.

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Re: Doctors? - January 3rd 2011, 12:12 AM

I'd say there is a chance. It all really depends on your doctor though. I went in for a physical exam once, and my arms were covered in cuts from self harm. My doctor asked about them, and I couldn't really deny it at that point. I lied and told my doctor I was done with it, and my doctor let it be and didn't say anything to my parents.
Though, I've had friends in the same situation, and their doctor gave them the option of telling their parents, or just referring them to a therapist.
Either way; they won't throw you straight into the psych ward. Not without a psychological evaluation (meaning, not until you've seen a therapist and the therapist deems it necessary or not).

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Re: Doctors? - January 3rd 2011, 12:25 AM

If they are only on your legs, there's always a chance they won't even see them. If they do see them and know where they came from, you can always tell them not to tell your parents and that you have it under control, but unless you truly have it under control - and by that I mean if you're stopping, then perhaps it'd be best if you let the doctor do what he/she thinks is right because if you do need help stopping then you need to get it (:

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