When a therapist conducts a formal mental health assessment, those findings can become a part of the client’s mental health records, which can lead to subsequent adverse consequences.
An emotional support animal letter of recommendation is not a “way to avoid pet fees and deposits,” but rather an indication and record of a mental health issue.
In certain employment situations (e.g., education, public safety) or licenses (e.g., firearms or bus driver), mental heath inquiries are legitimate qualifiers.
Those seeking government security clearance, or perhaps insurance and child custody disputes, will likely have questions asked about any mental diagnosis, which may pose severe consequences for the individual.
As part of an informed consent process, an individual should consider potential adverse outcomes of carrying a mental diagnosis finding in their health care records and understand the possible long-term risks.
By consenting to a formal mental health assessment, you understand those results may become an official part of your mental health record.