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If you're a teenager, can a psychiatrist/psychologist keep your diagnosis a secret from you?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
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In brief: Most often no

Most states have laws making the "age of consent" 14, meaning that at 14 you are allowed to make actual medical decisions for yourself.
Information is confidential unless you are a risk to self or others. Truthfully, if you're 14 or older, you should be the only one who knows the diagnosis unless you have given express permission to disclose your psychiatric information.

In brief: Most often no

Most states have laws making the "age of consent" 14, meaning that at 14 you are allowed to make actual medical decisions for yourself.
Information is confidential unless you are a risk to self or others. Truthfully, if you're 14 or older, you should be the only one who knows the diagnosis unless you have given express permission to disclose your psychiatric information.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Stephen Perret
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Probably not

Although legally, the answer to your question varies state to state; it is also usually an important matter of trust that a treating physician or therapist maintain honesty with their patient to have a positive and productive relationship.
If you're working with someone who won't tell you your diagnosis, i would ask why and/or if you can work with someone else.

In brief: Probably not

Although legally, the answer to your question varies state to state; it is also usually an important matter of trust that a treating physician or therapist maintain honesty with their patient to have a positive and productive relationship.
If you're working with someone who won't tell you your diagnosis, i would ask why and/or if you can work with someone else.
Dr. Stephen Perret
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