There’s a lot of misinformation out there on this topic so I’ll try to be general. If you don’t know specifics about this particular subject please refrain from confusing those that wish serious answers.
About 15 years ago I felt pretty down due to some traumatic experiences in life, went and saw a psychiatrist. They put me on antidepressants for maybe 3-4 months or so, been off them since feel fine. Everyone gets the blues from time to time, pretty normal. I wasn’t ever given any formal diagnosis that I know of so when I fill out a medical examiners question form I don’t mark on there depression or anything since I don’t really suffer from it after that rut. For all I know they diagnosed me with schizophrenia, bipolar, and I’m some “nut job”.
It’s not easy to get information from doctors about mental health diagnosis, especially from years ago. Personally, I feel fine. I do not have a general practitioner doctor but if I retained one, would they have access to this if it’s in a system? Could they possibly tell me? Also who else has access to these records?
This all concerns me from a legal perspective. If I do have a diagnosis I don’t know about, how do I even know what to answer if questioned when I go to get my DOT card? What kind of crazy system do we have where we as individuals don’t have access to this information? I don’t want my career destroyed or sued because they claimed I lied on a form about information I don’t know about.
I have heard that if you lie on the DOT medical examiner’s forms you could be sued or charged with crimes. Specifically if you let’s say lied about epilepsy and that medical problem caused you to get into an accident. How would a lawyer know about my past history? Isn’t HIPPA suppose to protect our private health information?
I just want to provide for myself and my family. Where does our right to privacy end and their encroaching tyranny into our private lives begin?