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The doctors at my hospital are really wanting me to go to therapy (so much to the point that they tried to force me the first time), but I don’t want anything to do with it. They (the hospital) called the police on me the first time I didn’t show up, but on the second and third time they didn’t do anything. Fast forward about a few months, I get warnings that they are releasing me from the outpatient program and that my psychiatrist is releasing me as a patient as well. I stopped taking the drugs because they did nothing (nothing happened after I stopped either) and now my insurance is sending me a bunch of stuff — therapy stuff.

1.) Is the hospital going to do anything that I should be aware of?
2.) Is my insurance going to be suspicious if I don’t show up for any of the 60 hours they registered me for?
3.) And can I still claim depression for disability purposes (for school) even though they closed my file?

Refusal of Services

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Thank you for your email and your important questions. All of these are legal rather than psychological questions. My advice would be to talk to the legal aid society in your area.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Refusal of Services

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Refusal of Services. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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