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Do I have to accept a mental health referral for military sexual trauma?

Absolutely not. You do not have to accept a referral to see a mental health provider about MST. Your doctor should only encourage you but not coerce you into going. If you decline, the opportunity should remain available to you for when you’re ready. In the meantime, you can continue talking to your doctor until you feel the need or desire to accept the referral. After talking to your own doctor a while, you may feel more relaxed and open to speaking freely with the mental health professional and that may lead to better results. Sharing and acknowledging the sexual trauma can be validating you.

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