How does a stay in a mental institution affect someone’s life after the fact?
Who would know, or have a right to know, about the situation? Would it affect a person’s ability to find a job? Or only certain types of jobs? To get government clearance? Join the military? Own a gun? If the person is an immigrant, would it affect chances at citizenship? Would it affect chances at adoption? In what situations would someone have the right to ask whether a person has ever been “committed”?
Does it make a difference if you checked in yourself, or were forced into it, either through a hospital after a suicide attempt, or through an arrest for some sort of erratic behavior?
I’m assuming it falls under medical information, and therefore should be more or less private, but someone asked me this the other day and I realized that I’m not sure if there are any situations in which you’d be obligated to disclose a stay in an institution, or where having been in one would cause you a problem.