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Would you now see a psychologist?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by valnar, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. valnar

    valnar Well-Known Member

    Simply put, with even minor mental health issues being a factor that can exclude you from purchasing a firearm (eg. such as temporary bout of depression, like from a divorce), would you purposely stay away from a psychologist or psychiatrist these days?
  2. SunnySlopes

    SunnySlopes Well-Known Member

    I minored in psych when I got my first Bachelors. I was amazed at how often psychological theories (that had been set in stone) were changed. That field is about as stable as a leaf in the wind.

    I wouldn't go see a psychologist regardless. Now even more so.
  3. umadcuzimstylin

    umadcuzimstylin Well-Known Member

    I would stay away.

    I was sent to a psychiatrist long ago by my parents. I was drinking two 40oz beers a week and because hes a Muslim where drinking alcohol is against their religion he sent me to rehab and diagnosed me with depression. Ive never felt like I had depression and now its documented somewhere same with going to rehab which makes me look like a drug addict. The system is a joke!
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  4. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but you were nine years old! :evil:
  5. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Psychology is the "jock itch" of the soul.
  6. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

    Like many well-intentioned regulations, I worry that the new focus on denying (gun) rights to the mentally ill will have precisely the perverse effect you predict, valnar.

    If I were going to do one thing to reduce the number of mass shootings, I would offer parents of young, bright, but very troubled young men some form of mental health assistance that does NOT threaten to ruin their child's life. Right now, the choice is between seeking committment, which ruins the future for the (adult) child, and doing nothing, which risks terrible and insane outbursts of violence. Making the former choice MORE punitive doesn't fix the bad dynamic.
  7. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Not that I've ever felt the need but I've been paranoid about this for years and I sure as heck wouldn't go now even if needed.
  8. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'd avoid the psych help and instead go with an informal counselor such as can be found in almost any church.
  9. Sol

    Sol Well-Known Member

    Heh alcohol is halal to me...sometimes.
  10. wooly bugger

    wooly bugger Well-Known Member

    I'd go, but I'd pay out of pocket so there would be no record. Most antidepressants are now generic, so I'd pay for those out of pocket if I needed them. Psychiatrists can do a lot of good, and some people really benefit.

    The sad thing about this increased stigmatization is, it will probably INCREASE shootings. Instead of people who feel something is wrong getting help, they'll be afraid for the negative effects on their future.

    Unintended consequences.
  11. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Why do you say "informal"?

    Isn't ministering to the needs and well-being their flock exactly what they are trained to do?
  12. Batty67

    Batty67 Well-Known Member

    I used to feel that way, but I've had a few close friends and family members who got hit hard in the past few years by life events, and were predisposed to anxiety and depression. Seeing the pschiatrists and psychologists helped immensely, including anti-depression/anxiety medicines. They do important work and help people.
  13. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    no way, no how.
  14. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    I was trying to differentiate the clinical "psych industry" physicians with what you might find in a church's counseling ministry. I don't know if labeling it 'informal' is the right way to say that or not, but that's how I was trying to separate the medical help found in one location from the personal help found in the other (if that even does a better job of explaining what I'm trying to say). As you can see, I edited my post before getting away from it because I could tell that it needed a little more substance.
  15. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Well-Known Member


    Why pay a co-pay when I can buy some ammo? :neener:
  16. SunnySlopes

    SunnySlopes Well-Known Member

    In the field of psychological counseling, you have no idea how wrong you are.
  17. valnar

    valnar Well-Known Member

    I have no problems that can't be solved by a couple of beers with good friends.

    But yes, I do feel bad for people with more serious issues and I hope these new laws don't sway them from getting the help they need. After they recover though, the stigma attached to them can be just as damaging...and they may have to give up their guns.
  18. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    No "minor mental health issues" factor into the discussion. That's a mythical scare tactic. No criteria has been set so no one can predict what criteria will be set.

    We need to stick to the facts if we want to be taken seriously.
  19. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member


    I would welcome an explanation of why I am wrong.
  20. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Psych-iatrist/ologist especially after the Obama Care record swapping&shopping frenzies start are a definite no-go for me and mine if at all avoidable.
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