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Doctor's finding out you self harm?

I am a struggling self-harmer and I'm wondering what it would be like if you were to go to the doctor and they were to find out you self harm? I have been avoiding Dr. offices, physicals, etc since I began self harming with the fear that they'd find out. I'm 19. Will they have to tell your parents? What sort of questions would they ask?

Thank you,
Liz
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replied December 30th, 2011
There is Doctor Patient privileges that protect your rights as a patient. Since you are 19 they cannot tell your parents.. by law. However, they can take some action if they think you are a danger to yourself or someone else. I encourage you to talk to a professional about your self-harming. Seeing a therapist or counselor can be life changing.
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replied December 30th, 2011
I do see a counselor. My parents don't know I do--I got into it myself.
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replied December 31st, 2011
That's wonderful! Being over 18 now you are an adult and Doctors by law cannot tell your parents. You shouldn't avoid going to the doctor. The most they will probably do is talk with you and note it in your chart.
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