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    ...you would put people on the list for voluntarily seeking inpatient treatment for depression?

    I'm sorry, but hell no.

    I did absolutely nothing wrong when I did the responsible thing and got inpatient treatment when I had adverse reactions to benzodiazepines. It was the right thing to do. Both times. (Yes, twice. Didn't make the connection the first time.)

    And it's not something that could have been prevented by outpatient treatment - it was outpatient treatment that got me in the situation in the first place. And it's not a problem that I should be required to get ongoing treatment for - it was the treatment that screwed me up.

    The first time, I went to a counselor because I was having trouble coping with some things, got diagnoses including major depression and social anxiety, took the meds prescribed, wound up worse than when I started, went to the hospital, got out, stopped treatment and went on with my life.

    The second time, I went to the ER for something unrelated, was given benzos, became suicidal, checked myself in, got the drug out of my system, got out and went on with my life.

    I did absolutely nothing wrong. I committed no crime. Actually, that's an understatement. I not only did nothing wrong, I actively did the right thing (and spent a whole lot of money to do it). There is absolutely no reason I should be treated like a criminal. Doing so will have negative consequences, not least of which is that it will discourage people like me from doing the right thing.

    It's not about the guns. I don't own a gun. I used to. Gave it away. I don't want to own any more guns. It's not about that. It's about being included on some sort of "take away your rights" database.

    I actually think it's ridiculous that owning guns is a 'right' in this country in the first place. But we are where we are. It's a 'right'. And if you want to put me in a no-guns database because I received voluntary inpatient treatment for depression, you're saying that you think it's OK to deprive me of at least one of my Constitutionally-guaranteed rights because I was responsible and got the appropriate kind of health care.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:13:14 PM PST

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