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What constitutes having a history of violent behavior against the person or another according to Maryland firearms law?

According to Maryland statutes, Title 5, Subtitle 2, § 5-205 (b) (6) (my emphasis), someone who suffers from a mental disorder as defined in § 10-101(i)(2) of the Health - General Article and has a ...
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What is a “significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder” for the purpose of firearm disqualification in Hawaii?

According to Hawaii Statutes §134-7 (3) (my emphasis), no person who Is or has been diagnosed as having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders as defined by the most current ...
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Gun ownership prior to involuntary commitment

My father gave me a family gun when I was 16. Let's say I was involuntarily hospitalized recently do to an antidepressant overdose. Am I required to turn in my gun?
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FAA medical certification and the American with Disabilities Act

I'm in my early thirties and a recovered addict with a former diagnosis for bipolar disorder with psychotic features. However, I've been sober for five years, off all medications for four, and ...
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Legal Liability for mentally infirm

(This is a fictionalized question to help me understand an element of liability I stumbled across recently. My parents are not infirm and do not live with me) I am well past the age of majority. ...
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What are the legal protections for employees with mental health issues in the USA?

I recently moved across Michigan with my wife for her job. The sudden shift in setting and work for myself, plus us buying a home (and all the work that comes with it) destabilized my mental condition ...
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Mental Capacity of family member with means

I have a family member who has over the last few years made quite a lot of money. Recently he has been diagnosed with bi-polar. He is ATM off his meds and is currently on a 'high' and spending a ...
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Can I refuse to provide information when a police officer asks about my mental health?

The studies aren't conclusive but some seem to suggest those with mental health diagnoses tend to be treated differently by police officers. For example, Watson, Corrigan Ottti report that ...
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Can a police officer report to a psychiatrist?

In the United States, a psychiatrist calls a police officer under Tarasoff to report a possible danger. The police officer speaks with the potentially dangerous person and the dangerous person's ...
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Is it against HIPAA law for a high school to keep records of a mental health survey administered to all students?

At my son's high school, the administration administered a "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" (SDQ) during class, which posed statements such as "I am often unhappy, depressed or tearful" and ...
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To what extent can mental illness create a defence or mitigation against liability in a civil case?

I'm thinking here of both UK and US law, which I assume will differ. Suppose a defendant in a civil case (type of case unspecified) would ordinarily have no defence against the plaintiff/claimant's ...
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Taking control of an adult's healthcare

John Smith is over 18 but under 26. He lives with his parents in California. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with possible comorbid psychological disorders. John has been hospitalized ...
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Are hospitals required to ensure timely follow up care?

I was discharged from a Virginia mental ward in late November. It was my fourth in a year. When I was discharged, they referred me to my local community services board. I can't get in until late ...
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Negligence of psychiatrist

What percentage of patients who attempted to sue their psychiatrist for negligence have succeeded?
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In Canada is it legal for a doctor not to be able to do something they should know?

This is a strange question. A few years ago I was a victim of a crime and I had been feeling bad about it. I go to University and once was told it's a good idea to make use of the counselors there ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for their thoughts?

Let's assume I'm thinking about ___ [1] - am I liable to prosecution? I assume that having thoughts of any kind is not illegal and therefore cannot be prosecuted. We are not in "Minority Report" - ...
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Was I forced into a mental hospital legally?

If, after an accidental Xanax overdose, a person went to the ER to be safe, is it legal for the hospital to force them into a psychiatric hospital for three days? What if the person told the nurses it ...
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What is the likelihood of successfully suing a psychologist for detaining you under the Mental Health Act (UK)

My friend was sectioned some years ago by two social workers and a psychologist. He now believes it was unjust and wants to "clear his name". I have advised him to drop it because it will be his word ...
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How does the process of a law appointed therapist work?

Say, for example, when a high school student is charged with a Minor in Possession for possessing alcohol, or with a similar charge for some other controlled substance. My understanding is that for ...
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(US) Under what circumstances can a person be forced to enter a facility for having a mental illness?

Though this question would be great to know for various legal systems, I'm tagging this with united-states since it will likely be complicated enough with just a single country being considered. When ...