Since you're relatively new to the chronic pain forum at HW, I want to say hello and welcome you.
That being said, there are some aspects of your post here that just don't "fit" to me. There are several of us here with varying backgrounds in health care, mental health, etc., although we don't supply any medical advice as it's both against the forum rules, and we're here as CP patients.
Many of these legal processes should be well known to a mental health professional, especially a clinic director. It's normal that in any kind of insurance, legal, etc. proceedings one is required to sign releases for information in order for things to proceed. Trying to hide past information intentionally would be fraud, and should it be found out your case would automatically be turned down. Scarred has been in this worker's comp. battle for awhile (Scarred I am not implying in any way you withheld informaton intentionally - this isn't direct at you, friend!) so of course they're going to have all the past records. And it's also a normal part of the process to be required to go for I.M.E.'s (Independent Medical Examinations) - including for mental health issues. Any licensed mental health professional would know you can't do these on yourself, nor should you even try. And while the records of your own providers (psychiatrists, physiatrists, PCP's, etc.) can and should be a part of the record, policies of worker's comp. and other legal proceedings require IME's, even if they are biased in their own direction.
Hiding past histories of any sort can also be dangerous. So I wonder why you seem to take that so lightly. At any rate, this is Scarred's thread, and I don't want to take it off track. But something in your response doesn't fit.
My apologies if I've offended you, Mia.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 3/20/2009 3:39:28 PM (GMT-6)