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Is disclosing a mental health record that awful of a thing to do?

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Lorie Brown RN, MN, JD has 30 years experience and specializes in Medical Legal Consultant.

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Hello there Lorie and thanks for reading this,

I was drug tested at work, the only thing that I was positive for was my prescribed Clonazepam. However, I know benzos are abused (I truly didn’t abuse mine), so I kind of expected the BON to look into this. They did and now I have to do an eval.

I’m worried about disclosing my psych history even though I’ve been going to therapy since before this “incident.” I have a history of a voluntary hospitalization from bad PTSD from an abusive relationship and anxiety since my last license renewal. I now have to sign over my mental health records. My work has never been affected by my PTSD or anxiety. If anything, it takes my mind off of it. I have plenty of evidence to show the board that I am a great nurse. Also, I have other healthy coping skills too; exercise, yoga, etc.

I am afraid that reaching out for help is what will screw me in the end. My attorney was very optimistic until I disclosed my mental health information to him. I’m in grad school too and I’m afraid that this will ruin school for me if they decide to do something to my license.

Is disclosing a mental health record that awful of a thing to do? In this case, I’m being forced to. However, was me reaching out the thing that will mark my license forever?


Dear Mental Health Disclosure,

I am so sorry this is happening.  I suggest you contact an attorney who works in the area of professional licensing defense to assist you.  You can find one at TAANA.org.  They can help you with the ramifications of disclosing this information. 

I wish you the best.

Lorie

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Gentleman_nurse specializes in Behavioral health.

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Dear Mental Health Disclosure,

Wishing you positive energy that everything gets resolved in your favor.  You did nothing wrong!  You had challenges and responsibly sought out help.  That makes you a great nurse.  If that is held against you then the nursing profession does not deserve to have you.  

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