Stressed Out About Jury Duty Summons Because Of Mental Depression.

United States
February 23, 2008 11:53pm CST
I was sent a jury duty summons and I then sent back a letter stating that I suffer from mental depression and have a hard time coping with daily life.They sent me a letter back saying that my excuse was denied and that I am to report for jury duty.I first went to a doctor about it in 1997,started taking pills for anti-depression.I took off a month from work at that time because I was having a hard time working and suffering from depression.The pills didn't help me so I quit going to the doctor about it.Now here it is 2008 and I have no excuse note from a doctor.Today I went to look up my old doctor to see if I could get her to write me a note and come to find out she has moved out of the building and I don't know where she is.So now I can't even have a note from a doctor when I have to go on my jury summons date of March 14th. What would you do? I've never done jury duty.Any of you have mental depression and summoned to jury duty?
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@bellaofchaos (11554)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Well if it was me what I would do would be I would see if the office my old doctor practiced with still had my medical records because they are supposed to keep them for so many years before they can get rid of themm. Then if they had that I would see another doctor that was in that practice and have them write something up .. If you currently have a different doctor prescribing something for you for your depression then I would make sure to go to them and have them write a document to the court on how this would effect your mental health to do this. Now after saying that No I don't suffer from depression and been summoned for jury duty.
• United States
25 Feb 08
I went to my old doctors office and I found a vacant building. I tried to remember her name and I just couldn't.Since I couldn't remember her name I thought I'd just drive there and make an appointment but the building was completely empty and there are no other buildings around so that I could ask anyone about it.I have to get another doctor now and start all over.Thanks for your support and comments.I'll see what I can do about it tommorrow starting with getting a doctors appointment.
• United States
26 Feb 08
Recent update-I sent an e-mail to the court manager stating-I received your response for my request for being excused from jury duty on March 14th.and that my request was considered insufficient.I suffer from mental depression and now I am feeling more anxiety and more stress because of the jury summons.I am asking you to please reconsider for the sake of my mental health.I work nights and it would be a real hardship for me doing jury duty all day and work all night.I am now seeking a doctors appointment to get some medication for stress and anxiety that this jury summons has caused me.I hope to hear from you soon,thank you for your possible reconsideration.Sincerely, My Name. Response back is-Please ask your physician to summit a letter supporting your request to the court house.My doctors appointment is tomorrow.Hopefully my doctors appointment will be the end to this.I will do a new update soon.
• United States
27 Feb 08
I wish you luck in your doctors appt. and hope that the doctor is able to fax that over for you. It shouldn't be a problem but good luck anyway.
@williamjisir (22912)
• China
25 Feb 08
Hello dear friend. I have never had any kind of mental problem, let alone a jury duty summon. I think that I can make good adjustment to anything in life and work. I would not let negative things influence me in the mind and stay with me to make me unhappy. Anyway, I hope that you will be able to deal with the jury summons date of March 14th. Good luck to you, my dear friend.
• United States
25 Feb 08
Mental problems kinda seems to run in my family.I have 2 sisters a brother, myself and 2 sons that have problems with this in some way.Thats the thing about mental depression,it keeps you thinking negative thoughts by the chemical imbalance in the brain.Thanks for your encouragement and your comments.Maybe after tomorrow I can feel better about it after hopefully getting a drs. appointment.I'll feel better if I can get a drs.note in hand.
@heathcliff (1415)
• United States
24 Feb 08
Yeah, this is ridulous, putting you through more stress just to prove you're stressed. On the other hand, you probably should see a doctor regularly even if you don't want to take medication. The doctor won't mind. The good news is you are reporting to a jury selection and when they get you there, just be honest. They will not have you sit through a trial if you give them any reason not to. Chances are a group will be whittled down before they even get to personal questions. Just try not to stress too much and look to this as a sign that maybe you should be seeing a doctor. Depression can be an early symptom of so many other things. Good Luck.
• United States
24 Feb 08
It is ridiculus.I don't think the courts understand mental depression.I used to be able to just write a letter back explaining and then never hear from them again so this time I was surprised to get the response back that I had been denied.It is a different court than before so maybe that is why.So now I have to get stressed like you said to prove I have a problem.I'm sure glad I put this on MyLot so I can get some different views.Thanks for your input,everything helps.