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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:57 AM

I'm bipolar (or possibly PTSD), spent 3 weeks in the psych ward -- can/should I buy a gun? [View all]

Well, THIS should be interesting - I ask this question because I am amazed, at times disgusted, even at times heartened, by the attitudes and beliefs I see on DU and a few similar forums I frequent, about people with mental health issues post-Newtown.

I may be giving away the farm, or at least influencing the responses, by making this statement -- I have absolutely no DESIRE to own a gun, never have. If I really wanted to drop a chunk of change, it would be on one of three things, an iPhone 5, a Joseph Abboud suit that really caught my eye last week when I was at Nordstrom, or a Specialized Camber Comp Carbon 29 mountain bike I've been drooling over for 2 months at the local bike shop.

I pose the question, though, because I see a lot of uniformed opinion on DU and elsewhere about the legal rights of those with mental illness, and frankly a lot of completely WRONG information being passed around. I have had many of my own questions, and preconceptions, about mental health issues, some of which have been proven wrong as well.

So, this is my situation -- I was diagnosed in August with Bipolar II syndrome. I was re-diagnosed, tentatively, last week as having PTSD and not having bipolar at all. I spent three weeks in September in a "partial hospital program" aka "day hospital" 9-3 weekdays in group therapy and "psych education" about mental health issues, treatment, etc. I currently take the mood stabilizer lamictal daily, I see a psychiatrist monthly right now, and a therapist weekly.

So, that's all I want to give you right now -- diagnosed, spent time in the psych ward, seeing a doctor and therapist, and taking a mood stabilizer.

Can I buy a gun? Should I buy a gun? What are my rights in this area? What should they be?

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