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can doctors ask for your mental health records to be sent to them?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
With Permission: You must first give written consent for such information to be transferred from one physician to another, unless this transfer is done under court order. Your current physician cannot transfer this information unless it is within the context of direct care. The purpose of the request is also important, and you can release only parts of the information as requested.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Only if authorized: Only if you sign an authorization called release of confidential information that allows the holder of your records to whoever you specified on the form. Be aware that insurance companies will have you sign releases to give you coverage. Some exceptions to this are: releases as required or permitted by law such as court orders, and to avoid serious threats to self or others' health or safety.

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Emotional upheaval: Feelings like yours usually require immediate help with a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you improve your mental health. Talk to your doctor about referral. Meanwhile it is important to balance our lives with the demands put on them. Techniques to maintain balance in our lives include physical exercise, a healthy diet, avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs. Gettng help is essential.
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