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  1. I was in the process of doing my FOID application, and I'm not sure if I should answer yes or no on the mental health question. I tried to google this and see if I could find an answer, and just can't seem to find a straight one. I guess they've worded it so vaguely that I've noticed I'm not the only one with this issue. I have gone and sought outpatient treatment with a psychiatrist (counseling and meds) for depression and anxiety, but this was more than 5 years ago. However, I did get antidepressants from my regular doctor within the past year (which I am no longer taking), and did weekly counseling for about 6 months. This was not with a psychologist, just a social worker. However, the facility I went to for this was a facility for mental health and substance abuse treatment, but it was strictly an outpatient facility. But I just went there to vent to the social worker about issues I was having at home that have since been resolved; I never once saw a psychiatrist while I was going there. I have never been hospitalized for anything, mental health or otherwise. I don't want to get in trouble for putting down the wrong answer. But from what I could gather, "patient" in the law means either inpatient, or outpatient while also being a danger to self or others. Since I'm neither of those things, I feel like I should say no. But the question is asking if I've been a patient at a mental health facility in the past 5 years. And technically I have, but it was for 6 months of counseling with a social worker because I was stressed out at home and needed to vent to someone. So I'm kind of confused about the whole thing. I don't want to scrap it and wait another 5 years, but I also don't want to accidentally screw myself up and never be able to get my FOID. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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