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Post Reply Do you think people should "self diagnose" mental conditions… and then claim they have them?
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Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/5/15
Another issue from your local Former Tumblrina here.

Another trend I've noticed, besides transtrending and being a general butt to the world, is the fact that on the Internet, kids have started "self diagnosing" themselves with mental conditions such as personaltiy and mood disorders (example: split personality disorder), without any help from a professional and mainly by gathering their info through what could be considered dodgy and perhaps outdated websites at best. They claim that they have something they're not officially diagnosed with half the time for attention's sake, and I find that to be arrogant and bratty. They say people are "classist" because many of them claim not to have the funds to see an expert. However, many of them denounce psychologists and psychology altogether and say "if I have tendencies I must have the disease" with little knowledge as to how the diagnosing process actually works.

In the US, at least, we have the DSM, which lists criteria required for a specified mental illness or developmental disorder. To be diagnosed with any of these things, you must meet a certain number of those criteria, many of these kids do not. Also, many of these kids also cannot HAVE the disorders they claim to, since many of them are TOO YOUNG for them to manifest. I for example have Borderline Personality Disorder. It does not begin manifesting till your mid teens, at least, yet, 13 year olds on the Internet claim to have it. Which I find to be odd since it defies the bloody definition of the disorder itself.

Anyway, what're your thoughts? I think if you have any assumptions that you have an illness, physical, mental, or otherwise, you should consult with a professional and not diagnose yourself. Or at least research using printed sources and NOT the World Wide Web. I personally find the obvious fakers among these people to be attention seeking and disgusting people.
Posted 2/5/15
Well, to be honest if they believe they have it they should get help, and have a professional officially diagnose them. I think mental illness is major issue not only in the US, but across the world, where it's tough to break the stigma of "seeking therapy", and I support the people who decide to do that.
Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/5/15
Saw the title and it SCREAMED Tumblr. Wasn't disappointed.

I don't think that absolute claim should be applied to a non-medical/doctor given diagnoses. Sure, you may feel you fit the category of a disease/problem, you might discover you have all the symptoms for one or more than one...But unless you are a professional, you should not just be saying you have a certain disease/problem without the consultation and diagnosis by a professional. And you most certainly should not take medicine/drugs on this same self diagnosis!

On the tumblr thing...99% of those bratty teenyboppers, whiny teenagers and femnazis on that site diagnose themselves with a wide range of disease. They play doctor (like they play at everything else) and insist they have something when 95% of the time it is just done for attention and for "popularity". And let us not forget, the demand for "acknowledgement" and "respect" and "representation" for these same self-diagnosed imbeciles.

You know tumblr ladies...Claiming to be "strong" yet whining about ever tiny thing and the horrible "sexism" and "racism" in every single thing. Majority of them live for internet attention and "content that may be triggering".

Go to tumblr for a good laugh, folks.

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Saw the title and it SCREAMED Tumblr. Wasn't disappointed.

I don't think that absolute claim should be applied to a non-medical/doctor given diagnoses. Sure, you may feel you fit the category of a disease/problem, you might discover you have all the symptoms for one or more than one...But unless you are a professional, you should not just be saying you have a certain disease/problem without the consultation and diagnosis by a professional. And you most certainly should not take medicine/drugs on this same self diagnosis!

On the tumblr thing...99% of those bratty teenyboppers, whiny teenagers and femnazis on that site diagnose themselves with a wide range of disease. They play doctor (like they play at everything else) and insist they have something when 95% of the time it is just done for attention and for "popularity".

You know tumblr ladies...Majority of them live for internet attention and "content that may be triggering".




I used to be one of those ladies. Oh god. Sure, it was a while ago, but still, I regret it immsenely and wish I could undo my abominable past behavior. Not everyone is so lucky as to escape the Tumblrina hell, but I did. It was draining me physically, emotionally, mentally. Basically hurting me to be that hateful. Never again!! If anything, my past behavior has turned me against what I used to be. Its all extremely repugnant to me now. So I've essentiallly flipped myself completely, and become the very thing I used to detest. Plus, the "friends" I had when I was a Tumblrina basically tried to urge me to self destruct and hurt myself.
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If they point out it's a self diagnosis it's not a problem, really.

Diagnosed professionally with a few disorders/whatever-you-want-to-call-them, but before that I was pretty sure of them.
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I don't know, some people are right but, others mistake normal feelings as having some type of disorder.
If you've gone out of the way to self diagnose, go see a doctor or therapist.
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In my opinion its really really annoying when people self diagnose, Espiecelly with OCD it seems like APPARENTLY EVERY F-ING PERSON I MEET HAS OCD. If you have a slight inclination to fix something out of order that does not mean you have ocd
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Anybody who thinks they have a mental disorder should be checked.

I have schizophrenia...well that's what they think it is. We're confused now because the condition changed to where I only hold audible hallucinations, (yet the voice is very nice to me)

But seriously, anybody who claims to have these disorders are choosing to have a problem so that they can be privileged. It's sickening because of the fact that this almost drove me to suicide until I discovered Vocaloid.
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Even psych experts have trouble diagnosing people's correct mental health conditions or a person could have a variety of conditions. On top of that sometimes diagnoses depend on money. They diagnose depending on how the health services get funding. Some labels get more funding than others so they try to get everything to fit into neat little boxes or if a certain quota for a set time is already over crowded, categorise things to fit elsewhere.

See the Rosenhan experiment, "On being sane in insane places".

When it comes to teens wondering if they have something that can all be down to puberty and the attached anxiety.
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Anybody who thinks they have a mental disorder should be checked.

I have schizophrenia...well that's what they think it is. We're confused now because the condition changed to where I only hold audible hallucinations, (yet the voice is very nice to me)

But seriously, anybody who claims to have these disorders are choosing to have a problem so that they can be privileged. It's sickening because of the fact that this almost drove me to suicide until I discovered Vocaloid.



I have BPD myself, the fakers of BPD are eberywere. I remember fretting over it because I had to go a long time after reading about it, before consulting with my therapist, since we always lacked time or my father had to run off on errands during my sessions. It was three weeks before I could tell her and my father officially, before I was able to admit it to them with full attention, the fact that I'd read about BPD and thought it described me. At that point I'd spent time contemplating what I would do and even tried to OD on sleeping pills because of the stress. It was the most agonizing three weeks of my life, and this was before i was officially diagnosed. After, I felt an unfettered sense of melancholy as well. It's suspected to subside by the time i'm at most 30 but I do have the constant fear that it wil never fully go away.

Schizophrenia, however, is an even more risky and painful venture compared to even BPD. I sincerely wish you the best in coping and dealing with it. Mental illness of any kind is an agony and a burden, and schizophrenia is among one of the hardest ones to live with. I applaud you for dealing with it.
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I wish I could self-undiagnosed - damn government trying to segregate me.
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I used to be one of those ladies. Oh god. Sure, it was a while ago, but still, I regret it immsenely and wish I could undo my abominable past behavior. Not everyone is so lucky as to escape the Tumblrina hell, but I did. It was draining me physically, emotionally, mentally. Basically hurting me to be that hateful. Never again!! If anything, my past behavior has turned me against what I used to be. Its all extremely repugnant to me now. So I've essentiallly flipped myself completely, and become the very thing I used to detest. Plus, the "friends" I had when I was a Tumblrina basically tried to urge me to self destruct and hurt myself.


I have a tumblr, but I use it to see fanart and (some...SOME) fandom. Anyway, tumblr is a prime example - THE example - of what happens when whiny, uneducated tween and teenager girls run a website. It is completely ridiculous.

And, like you said, it seems many on tumblr love the whole "misery is company" thing and love to have others self-destruct and hurt while whining on and on and on about it. Good for you, for getting past that crap. Many don't and they grow into the detestable, one sided crybaby femnazis. Good lord >_>
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To be honest, my wallet and I can't afford to seek professionals at every wake and turn; however, I make sure to take every possibility that I discern on my own with a grain of salt, though I also do the same with the words of so-called experts. There are alot of numb-nuts and greedy assholes in the medical field, and it can be hard to separate them from the competent ones. On top of that, no amount of knowledge, experience, and degrees will prevent the occasional slip-up. Generally, I'll come to my own conclusions, but won't take anything too seriously, and sit on my thoughts for years at a time to see if anything comes out of it. I also employ; "don't fix it if it ain't broken."
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IMHO, everyone does this. There just so happens to be a great stigma on mental illness and mental disorders, so its understandable to be iffy about going to get checked and potentially getting a label that will follow you for the rest of your life. Sure, you can always get a second opinion, but not everyone will accept it over the first or know about the change. While yes, its better to get help if you're so bad off you want to hurt yourself or others, maybe not so much for some of the things one can learn to conpensate for through thorough self-education. Things like bipolar disorder, ocd, personalitity disorders(which medicine cant treat anyway) arguably everyone has them or at least a fairly significant portion of the population, and meds like lithium and some SSRIs are dangerous and questionable with their effecacy, esp off-label with certain disorders. Best to use caution with seeking help unless you're bad off imho. Diagnosing children with ADHD for being hyper and having them take stimulants ..? okay.
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To be honest, my wallet and I can't afford to seek professionals at every wake and turn; however, I make sure to take every possibility that I discern on my own with a grain of salt, though I also do the same with the words of so-called experts. There are alot of numb-nuts and greedy assholes in the medical field, and it can be hard to separate them from the competent ones. On top of that, no amount of knowledge, experience, and degrees will prevent the occasional slip-up. Generally, I'll come to my own conclusions, but won't take anything too seriously, and sit on my thoughts for years at a time to see if anything comes out of it. I also employ; "don't fix it if it ain't broken."



you think like a child...... my goodness.
working in the medical field my self, i can tell you your problem is probably you think you have something because you want to be different. the "experts" (who have probably been doing there job with cases like you since before you where born) have said other wise, you threw a hissy fit, blog it, found some other circle jerks with the same "problem", pow-wow'ed it

and BANG! presto! you where diagnosed by Wikipedia!
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