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Post Reply Do you think people should "self diagnose" mental conditions… and then claim they have them?
Posted 2/6/15
no? why would anyone wanna do that? seems counterproductive. well unless you're going to go to prison, and want to escape that...
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Posted 2/6/15
Oh god do they.

PTSD seems to be another favorite as well. There was someone claiming to have PTSD from twitter awhile ago. I believe she should have been grabbed and taken somewhere and put on point so she could really get PTSD.
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Posted 2/6/15 , edited 2/6/15
to me, it really depends. if someone /believes/ they may have something and should get it checked out or are worried about it, that's totally cool and valid to me... but if someone is 100% sure they have something more serious than common depression/anxiety just from a list of symptoms they really need a kick in the ass.

to me, it's usually easy to know if you have anxiety or depression, so ppl who tell me they haven't seen a professional and know they probably have it don't bother me. idk. i started showing symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety when i was around 5 and i always felt like i had it right up until it got confirmed and diagnosed. i knew it all along and it's easy for me to understand if someone else believes they have it. as for more serious mental illness, i don't think you can self-diagnose that.
Posted 2/6/15 , edited 2/6/15
In general when it comes to Tumblr I am inclined to believe they are mostly attention seekers. Self diagnosis on the internet is an extremely easy trap to fall into, which ironically could it's self can be a mental illness.
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Posted 2/6/15
This is nothing new; it was happening when I was in my mid and late teens. It's not really a surprise since that is a period of great emotional turmoil for most people. Still, I always did find it freaky how much some people seem to romanticize certain mental illnesses.
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Posted 2/6/15

geauxtigers1989 wrote:

This is nothing new; it was happening when I was in my mid and late teens. It's not really a surprise since that is a period of great emotional turmoil for most people. Still, I always did find it freaky how much some people seem to romanticize certain mental illnesses.


Well, it all depends on what you call "new"

10 years isn't that long of a timeframe really.

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Posted 2/6/15

VZ68 wrote:


geauxtigers1989 wrote:

This is nothing new; it was happening when I was in my mid and late teens. It's not really a surprise since that is a period of great emotional turmoil for most people. Still, I always did find it freaky how much some people seem to romanticize certain mental illnesses.


Well, it all depends on what you call "new"

10 years isn't that long of a timeframe really.



True. It wouldn't be a long time for someone like you or me, but it might be for an 18-year-old like the OP.
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Posted 2/6/15
No. People shouldn't do that.

But when they do, they can rest easy knowing they have a real mental problem.
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Posted 2/6/15 , edited 2/13/15
I think it's always safe to self diagnose "hypochondria".
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Posted 2/6/15
oddly enough, the doctors dont know what to diagnosis me as.
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Posted 2/7/15 , edited 2/9/15
Self diagnosis of a mental illness is never a good idea. Especially personality disorders. It's very difficult to look at yourself objectively and notice anything unusual. Most people with mental disorders think that nothing is wrong or that they are doing nothing wrong if they are acting in a strange manner. This is the reason a psychiatrist is needed to diagnose.
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Posted 2/7/15
People already self-diagnose themselves.


High school kids the nation over all claim they have the worst lives imaginable and that they're so depressed. Though I don't believe having boyfriends/girlfriends leave them or them having to do homework over the weekend constitutes clinical depression, apparently they do.
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Posted 2/7/15 , edited 2/7/15
People are too soft and bored and sheltered. This is why stuff like this happens.

All they have to think about is that they are trying to diagnose their own conditions and think their own statements are more accurate than those of experts who have spent their lifetimes studying those conditions.

It's pretty ridiculous. I don't understand this new generation at all. We may only be like 6 or 7 years apart, age-wise, but I don't understand the way they think. They are even more aware of facts, now more than ever, know how to manipulate technology more adeptly than us, and are arguably more informed, yet they do stuff like this.
Posted 2/7/15
Yea, it's dumb. Analyzing yourself is short sided since your gonna have a crazy biased view of yourself especially after reading something online that's an ambiguous/abstract explanation of the condition and being like,"that's totally me!".Been there done that, and will probably continue to... hopefully less often. Also that DSM Book some of those "mental conditions" are odd to say the least, I think psychologists have there merit in society, however they wield a powerful sword so to speak.
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Posted 2/7/15 , edited 2/9/15
Glad to see no lack of compassion in this thread. (huzzah for sarcasm)

Should or shouldn't doesn't matter methinks. The fact that they're self-diagnosing is most likely a sign that they do need professional counseling. I think everyone I've ever met could benefit from psychotherapy if they'd be open to it and find the right therapist. In my experience, most of what gets put down as mental disorders or diseases in the official books are extreme variations of issues everyone has to some degree.

I think what's important is that you learn why you feel so disgusted and/or angry with the youth when it's something you're guilty of doing yourself. I have a need for compassion in my life, especially for those who are clearly sick and share similarities with myself in the past, so when you express such hatred for them I feel rather sad. It seems to me that you may be rejecting part of the journey life has taken you on, and thus, rejecting part of how you came to be the person you appreciate so much more today. Those kids are each on their own journey too, and yeah, they're confused (regardless of whether their behavior is attention-seeking or not) but we all are at some point so what's wrong with that? I'd feel grateful if you were to not take this personally. I certainly don't know you or your life and given my own history I'm in no position to pass judgement on you or anyone else. Please, just try and consider your own feelings and needs as opposed to what you think others "should" or "shouldn't" be doing.

Thank you for reading this and I wish you the best. I'm happy you decided to seek help and it's worked for you. I'm always open to listening to others so feel free to message me.
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