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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
I understand that mental healthcare is very expensive and I do think there are conditions were you could logically say you have depression or whatever. If someone stays in bed all day, has no interest in doing every day things and is in a deep funk that doesn't go away, it makes sense to assume that they're suffering from depression. However, I do think that a lot of Tumblrina's are self-diagnosing disorders like multiple personality disorder, Schizophrenia or OCD and then acting like its good thing. To me that isn't right as mental health problems are very serious and it's very disgusting when they try to romanticize them.
Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/5/15
All these kids pretending to have serious disorders does kind of get on my nerves... But not enough to have it pointed out often. A disorder isn't a type of thing you show off to people. Also, if they're pretending to have depression and are emo/punk/goth/whatever then they might just be going through a phase, if you ask me. Also, all the kids pretending to be insane are probably just creepypasta fangirls/horror movie fanatics, in my opinion... But if they legitimately have a disorder, then they might just be looking for someone to talk to about it...

Let me just point out that I know romanticizing serious mental illnesses/disorders is wrong, but so is treating the people who have them like freaks. While they may be unstable, and a little weird, you should never bully someone, be mean to them, or treat them like a nuisance because of what they have...
Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/5/15
Apparently they think it will make others feel sorry for them... when it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy it comes back to bite them in the ass.
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With self diagnosis you have the problem of not being objective. You'll always pretty much the way you think of your self as you believe yourself to be.
On the other hand a psychiatrist will view you and what ever affectations you present and interpret them based on years of training and personal bias.
So stay away from self diagnosis and professional, you'll just drive yourself crazy.
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I used to do that, but then my bro said it was annoying so i stopped.
Posted 2/5/15
Yeah, I've seen a few blogs with their descriptions saying: "15|depressed|broken" and other stuff like that. If they think they have the disorder, they should see a doctor and see if they REALLY have the disorder.
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No.
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I'm going to take a step back and propose that self diagnosis may not be horrible in as much as the fact that you kinda have to recognize that you have issues or that you have to know that you need help. As far as I know, the psychiatic field kinda relies on people to self report (i.e. choose to go to a doctor or a psychologist and tell them they have a problem and with what), and although you should ALWAYS seek help rather than just try to self medicate and you need to always report truthfully, mental issues are kinda entirely inside your head and do not typically show symptoms the same way as physical ailments do.your doctor is much more reliant on you reporting truthfully and honestly, and that requires being aware of your own mental states and habits.

HOWEVER, having said that, there's a lot of people out there that will play and illness for attention (which is another form of mental illness) and there are people out there that fake for the meds, and there are people out there, that, quite frankly, beung surrounded by people wiith other problems will either think they also suffer, or may develop problems of their own. I still put the honest to god mentally ill people out there at being far, far less than the number of mentally capable, and because of that, it makes it harder and harder to diagnose those that need it and even harder to treat in the cases where serious mediications are needed.

Who knows though. maybe I'm wrong.
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Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/9/15
The phrase "A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client" comes to mind when I read the thread's title.
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Posted 2/5/15 , edited 2/9/15

damonthegreat wrote:




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!


Excuse me, but I'd like to know when we became more than passing strangers, because you seem to think you're knowledgeable on my life. Also, at best, you're familiar with the more "pretty side" of medicine. Not everyone in the field is capable, much less, gives a damn about their patients. I'd like to introduce you to a former psychiatrist of mine, a Dr. Krishan K. Gupta, MD of Jackson, MS. Actually, I'm curious about how much you can dig up on his and his wife's dirty conning on your end.
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Posted 2/6/15
Nothing wrong with researching symptoms or things like that if you feel something ails you, but I wouldn't go so far as to self-diagnose and be content with that. After all, it is not a professional diagnosis. I trust the doctors well enough to give me correct diagnosis.

Self-diagnosing can be something as silly like; "hmm I seem to be coughing a lot lately, better check google...*5 mins later* OH MY GOD I HAVE CANCER!". Always check with a doctor if you feel something is wrong.
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I don't know their story but if you are not insured, you're less likely to pay up 200 bucks for a simple annual physical. Anyways, questioning people's mental disorders is not a new thing. It happens all the time even to people who "really" have it. It doesn't effect your life whether you are suspicious of them or not, but it does effect theirs. You don't actually know if they have a problem or not. If you are not a medical expert yourself, you shouldn't act like one.
Posted 2/6/15
Whether they should or shouldn't depends of the severity of their issues or "disorders" and how it affects their life. Obviously, it would be wise to seek professional/medical help if it becomes serious enough to interfere with their daily life.

As for people who do this simply for show or whatever other non-medical reasons, I don't really mind or care. It doesn't bother me and it rarely affects how I view them or interact with them. If and when it does, then I just deal with it then. Otherwise, I really don't think it matters all that much. Everyone has their issues. Everyone has a little crazy in them. It's all good.
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One certainly shouldn't self-diagnose, but I will admit there was a time when I was convinced by statements friends and family had made, conversations I'd had with people who had been diagnosed, and some research into the topic that I might have Asperger's Syndrome. I have since become convinced that this is not the case as I've gathered a deeper understanding of the autism spectrum and am lacking some common components (such as my ability to establish and sustain eye contact, my concentration on the center of peoples' faces rather than the sides of their heads, and others) and have found that my difficulty reading expressions and gestures is not as severe as they would need to be. I psyched myself out, and I feel guilty about it since I'm concerned I came off as disrespectful to those who have been properly diagnosed.

I'm sorry to anyone with Asperger's or any other disorder on the autism spectrum. I meant no disrespect.
Posted 2/6/15 , edited 2/9/15

damonthegreat wrote:

you think like a child...... my goodness.
working in the medical field my self, i can tell you blah blah blah...


So I guess working in the medical field gives one the right to make stupid assumptions and say mean things about complete strangers based on an opinion they posted online.

Huh... That's fucking interesting. Talk about thinking like a child...
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