Robert David Jaffee: Gun-Control Laws Could Have Chilling Effect on Psychiatric Treatment
Huffington Post - about 4 years
My psychiatrist once told me that his own analyst had remarked that if we were held responsible for our thoughts, we would all be put in jail. Bob Dylan made a similar point years ago when he sang, "If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine."
Thankfully, no one has guillotined Bob Dylan, and thankfully we are not held responsible for our thoughts. Nor should we be legally liable for the outlandish statements that we make to our psychiatrists, our closest confidants.
And yet the newly passed New York State law, the NY SAFE Act, as well as the president's new executive order on mental illness reporting, might put that confidentiality into jeopardy.
I am a strong advocate for gun control and believe that no civilian should own an assault weapon or high-capacity magazine. I also believe that those with a mental disorder, like me, should not own firearms of any kind. As readers of this column know, I was once diagnosed with schizop
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