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Is there any way to remove an attempted suicide from your medical records? I'm trying to join the military, and i'm getting held back because of a "fake" attempted suicide i did when i was a kid. I just wanted mothers attention. I don't want my future bas

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: If

If you desire to enter the military, it is important that this information be provided when you have your meps physical examination.
The examining doctor can than order a psychiatric evaluation by a specific psychiatrist who is familiar with military psychiatric entry requirements. That doctor may clear you, may recommend a waiver or may find you unsuitable or unfit. Although, on occassion, a recruiter might ask you to with-hold this information, to increase your likelihood of enlisting, you don't want to have enter the military with a fradulent enlistment. You could face legal consequences in the future if you enlist fradulently. It is best just to be honest and to advise the doctor who evaluates you of the circumstance of the suicidal behaviors. They will need you to sign an authorization for release of your civilian medical record regarding that faked suicide attempt. Although, i can't tell you what the outcome will be, the system is fair and it is important to be honest.

In brief: If

If you desire to enter the military, it is important that this information be provided when you have your meps physical examination.
The examining doctor can than order a psychiatric evaluation by a specific psychiatrist who is familiar with military psychiatric entry requirements. That doctor may clear you, may recommend a waiver or may find you unsuitable or unfit. Although, on occassion, a recruiter might ask you to with-hold this information, to increase your likelihood of enlisting, you don't want to have enter the military with a fradulent enlistment. You could face legal consequences in the future if you enlist fradulently. It is best just to be honest and to advise the doctor who evaluates you of the circumstance of the suicidal behaviors. They will need you to sign an authorization for release of your civilian medical record regarding that faked suicide attempt. Although, i can't tell you what the outcome will be, the system is fair and it is important to be honest.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Stephen Christensen
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Unfortunately,

Unfortunately, it isn't easy, or necessarily appropriate, to expunge the undesirable portions of our medical and psychiatric histories from our records.
Your suicidal gesture, though regrettable, is an important element of your psychological history. Sometimes certain parts of your medical history can be compartmentalized and excluded from examination by specific parties, but many organizations require that you sign documents allowing them to peruse the entirety of your records. (you can understand how this would be important to the military, where you will be asked to handle weapons and participate in highly stressful activities.) your best course might be to see your own physician to discuss the nature of your suicidal gesture (this discussion, too, will become part of your permanent record) and to undergo an evaluation to confirm your stability. I hope things go well for you. Good luck!

In brief: Unfortunately,

Unfortunately, it isn't easy, or necessarily appropriate, to expunge the undesirable portions of our medical and psychiatric histories from our records.
Your suicidal gesture, though regrettable, is an important element of your psychological history. Sometimes certain parts of your medical history can be compartmentalized and excluded from examination by specific parties, but many organizations require that you sign documents allowing them to peruse the entirety of your records. (you can understand how this would be important to the military, where you will be asked to handle weapons and participate in highly stressful activities.) your best course might be to see your own physician to discuss the nature of your suicidal gesture (this discussion, too, will become part of your permanent record) and to undergo an evaluation to confirm your stability. I hope things go well for you. Good luck!
Dr. Stephen Christensen
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Dr. John Kim
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Answer

Answer is no. There are many reasons people want to manpilate their medical records.
There can be serious consequences, monetary gain or loss, emotional, relational, etc... That can arise from changes in ones medical records. For this reason, even the doctors are prevented from making changes to the medical records. You will need a new evaluation and hopefully it will prove that your previous attempt at suicide was a "fake".

In brief: Answer

Answer is no. There are many reasons people want to manpilate their medical records.
There can be serious consequences, monetary gain or loss, emotional, relational, etc... That can arise from changes in ones medical records. For this reason, even the doctors are prevented from making changes to the medical records. You will need a new evaluation and hopefully it will prove that your previous attempt at suicide was a "fake".
Dr. John Kim
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