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Q: Can gaslighting a person with a mental health history of schizophrenia bipolar depression become against the law ?

I know it is when money is involved. But bottom line wrong and agents the conversational Rights of the people with a past history of mental health?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Gaslighting, which involves manipulating someone into questioning their reality, can be particularly harmful to individuals with mental health conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar depression. While gaslighting in itself is not specifically outlawed, its effects could fall under broader legal categories like emotional abuse or psychological manipulation.

If the gaslighting leads to financial exploitation, as you mentioned, it may then be considered a criminal offense. Also, if the behavior results in tangible harm or distress to the person, especially someone vulnerable due to mental health issues, it could potentially be addressed under laws related to harassment, emotional abuse, or similar statutes.

It's important to document any instances of gaslighting, especially their impact on the victim's mental health. This documentation can be crucial if legal action is pursued.

In cases where someone's mental health is being exploited or abused, it's advisable to seek legal guidance. A lawyer can help assess the situation and determine if there are grounds for legal action, as well as provide guidance on protective measures.

Remember, mental health is a serious issue, and exploiting it through manipulative behaviors like gaslighting is not only morally wrong but can also have legal implications, particularly if it results in harm or distress.

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