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Camera's In Ptsd Group Meetings?


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My husband has been attending a bi-weekly PTSD Group Meeting at our

local VA for the last eight years.

When he attended yesterday he noticed they have installed camera's

which were scanning the room. He asked the phychologist if they were

on and yes they were. About ten or twelve vets are in the group. The

vets are uncomfortable with the cameras and several of them has quit

venting and are careful of what they do say and most don't talk at all.

The phychologist, whom the vets respect and trust, now also is careful

of what he says.

Were we behind times or is it common to have camera's in the PTSD Group

Meetings?

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we behind times?

Yes.

As soon as you drive on to DVA property you are under surveillance. If you have a mental disorder, especially PTSD you can expect to be watched like a hawk. They can look and record anything you say, & anything can be held against you in a court of law.

Recently an Iraq veteran with PTSD stabbed his wife to death in Seattle area. Many more such incidence across the country have been popping up.

I don't think they want to tell us what is causing our returning troops to completely loose it enough to wipe out their families. Maybe it's PTSD. Maybe it's something they were exposed to. Either way, they will definitely be watching. I would not put it past them to track Vets off property as well.

Take a good look around your town. You will see many camaras watching.

If you have a cell phone, the phone can be turned on without you knowing it and your conversation can be recorded ANY time. It was designed into the phone.

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I have never heard of the VA actually filming therapy sessions. I know at the mental health clinic in Tampa they have VA police right there on the spot.

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I had a psych intern tape record (not video) my psychotherapy sessions so that the chief of the service could "grade" her work. I was ok with it, because I was comfortable with her and the chief has a very good reputation among vets here. Had I been in the group and was confronted with video cameras, I would have been one of those that walked out. I'm kinda paranoid like that.

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I've had not the same issue as the cameras, but a "condidentiality" issue arise in my therapy group. A new member joined our group......and brought along her "significant other". Our PhD that "leads" the group says "Say hello to our new group member, Ms ****, and her "friend", Ms *****.)

Confidentiality?

Medical Treatment Privacy?

I haven't been back........they can "gig" me all they want to, about "failure to attend"....I refuse to discuss anything with someone who is not even a member of our "group".

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