Your Mental Health: What is Admissible in Court?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or forgot to pay your internet bill, you have seen coverage or at least memes stemming from the ongoing Depp vs. Heard defamation trial.

The concepts of physician-patient privilege as well as a party’s mental state are among the key issues that have highlighted by this case. Lisa Zeiderman has gone in-depth on this topic for Psychology Today, pointing out that:

  • A party’s current or prior mental state is admissible and can be introduced in court, motion papers, and evidence
  • The court can order a therapist to turn over previously private communications involving their patient

Read the full article to learn more about what mental health information is fair game in court.

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