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Old March 23, 2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Location: Arkansas
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I'm involved in politics and know many of our Arkansas legislators.
But, I have problems with this bill.
It would turn doctors, or psych coselors into police. It would require violation of doctor/patient confidentiality and privacy.
The definition of mental illness is pretty loose. The doctor may have one idea of what immediate threat or danger is and another a different slant.
It brings personal feelings into the equation. e.g. the doctor may be very anti-gun and thinks the patient is an immediate threat simply because he owns guns.
Really, the term "mental illness" has never been properly defined. In fact psych students are taught from day one there is no definition of "normal". All of us have some degree of variation from laymen's ideas of "normal". Meaning we are all nuts to some degree.
I don't like the bill or the concept.
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