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Do you think people should "self diagnose" mental conditions… and then claim they have them?
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Posted 2/10/15

Icarusgamer98 wrote:

If you feel you have the problem, it is normal for someone to do some research about it.

I want to use depression as an example. Many people say online "I have depression" Now some may really have it and others just say it because they have been feeling down for a few days or something like that. Although, for someone to ACTUALLY have it and feel like they cannot get any help by asking for it, it's fine to assume they have depression because of reasons

I do think it's a bit odd for someone to search what it is half like 1 symptom and automatically assume they have a disorder. It's much more better to go to a doctor to get an official answer.


Pretty much right on the dot there. Been diagnosed depressed since childhood over here myself.
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Seriously, though. I have never heard these three terms spoken out loud, in real life. Which is why I personally think the former two are outdated garbage.


Neurotypical is a word I have heard quite bit before; but always in a psychological setting. That is, jargon amount neuropsychologist because there's no good substitute for "people without neurological disorders."



I think nuerotypical is okay, it's not really my cup of tea of a word but it's tolerable. However I can't stand "neurodivergent" in any form because it's used so often by self diagnosis cases and those with no knowledge of psychological disorder so much. It also camps mental and developmental disorder in the same category as supposed to categorizing them apart. That just bothers me. I have both a developmental and mental problem, in the case of mental, problems. They aren't the same thing, they shouldn't be put under the same umbrella in my humble opinion. I know the word's supposed to mean "anyone who has some kind of brain chemistry imbalance" but it's so broad, generalizing. It does not sit well with me. It's used so goddamn often by the tumblrinas that I can't take it seriously as a term and its legitimacy is just… there is no legitimacy to it anymore. I have to discredit every person who uses the word because I know they're probably a mental illness faker or self dxer using their self diagnosed illness as an excuse for their poor behavior. And beleive me, they use it as an excuse for their poor behavior. At every instance of misbehavior.

"Oh, I can't be held accountable for my harassing of people, I have self diagnosed BPD even though I'm 14 and that's not possible! Don't blame me for being a sack of human excrement! Blame my problems!"
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I think people will just drive themselves crazy trying to self diagnose. People should see a doctor for a diagnosis. Doctors are objective.
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No. Anyone who does is a fucking retarded.

I'm sorry, but as someone who is ACTUALLY dealing with 6 different psychological issues (Actually diagnosed after going through intensive treatment) It pisses me off when people pretend to have issues for sympathy.

Its not fun having these issues and it annoys me when people pretend to have them when they dont.


"Oh i get nevous before tests, i have extreme super anxiety disorder" "No you dont, you just get nervous before fucking tests, anxiety is crippling, it doesn't make you nervous"

I hate tumblr; its filled with social justice warriors with their skewed and biased sense of "justice" and people who pretend their actually trans-dimensional unicorns.
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i diagnosed myself with A.D.D ....it explains everything
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animegirl2222 wrote:

That's a thing with ADHD too. I admit that I have tendencies of it, I was almost diagnosed falsely as part of the later 90s to early 2000s misdiagnosis wave of ADHD/OCD/ADD kids, but my parents rejected the ideas psychs kept giving that I was ADD. Sure, I have problems with distractions, but it's not so bad that it affects my performance. Sure, I even have problems with compulsions, that doesn't mean I'm OCD.

problem is that many of the people who claim they have it that you know were likely inclusions or statistics in the misdiagnosis wave. They might've been diagnosed back then, but not actually fit the modern descriptors for the disorder. During the misdiagnosis wave at about 3 doctors almost said I was "severely autistic" too because of my limited speech. When i was just a kid who didn't like to talk.


The funny (not in a ha ha sort of way) thing about ADD/ADHD is that it is actually probably underestimated since parents and teachers are generally looking for outward symptoms like not sitting still. Children (and especially girls) who aren't showing such symptoms, but rather simply have a hard time concentrating and directing their attention appropriately, often go unnoticed.
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Posted 2/13/15
No... Pfff! That would make doctors and the degree they earned useless.
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I think our minds all work differently. You can recognize things about yourself, and if wrapping a lable around it helps you or others understand you that is fine. But you can not say for sure you have a specific disease or disorder without a professional diagnosis.

Even then they are just putting a name to a set of commonly observed symptoms. It is not like cancer, where there are clear and specific tests that can determine exactly what is happening. That is why many mentally ill people are diagnosed with a wide range of different issues throughout their lives.

In truth every case is unique and often changes with time. Classifying specific mental illnesses is a double edged sword. Treatment needs to be individualised for every unique case.
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If you self diagnose all the time, that is a disease, it's called hypochondria.
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kinga750 wrote:

I think our minds all work differently. You can recognize things about yourself, and if wrapping a lable around it helps you or others understand you that is fine. But you can not say for sure you have a specific disease or disorder without a professional diagnosis.

Even then they are just putting a name to a set of commonly observed symptoms. It is not like cancer, where there are clear and specific tests that can determine exactly what is happening. That is why many mentally ill people are diagnosed with a wide range of different issues throughout their lives.

In truth every case is unique and often changes with time. Classifying specific mental illnesses is a double edged sword. Treatment needs to be individualised for every unique case.


This.

I'm averse to defining psychological disorders in the first place, as so many of them are culturally-founded, and can often be a simple result of an individual resisting others' attempts to conform them to their expectations. Sure, there are some things we all cognitively have in common, but there are a great many differences between us as well, and it's not useful or progressive to be too quick to put a qualitative judgment (like "disorder") on some behaviours over others.

If there is a physiological basis for obviously problematic symptoms (ie: seizures or hallucinations), then by all means, it should be safely treated if possible. But I feel that it's dehumanizing to assess people as having something wrong with them just because they act in a way different than society favours.

I think the recent trend towards self-diagnosis for mental conditions is a result of people carrying this sentiment internally, but clumsily expressing it externally. They feel the need to distinguish themselves from others, and while they, personally, don't see their behaviour as dangerous or unhealthy, they present it as such because that is the lens through which society views such behaviour. It's easier to assimilate a term that's already in common parlance than to have to explain your thinking to people in detail, and on some level, they know that many people with psychological "disorders" are still able to live perfectly normal and satisfying lives. They treat the disorder as a label, because in many ways, it is, but they do it vicariously, as if they revel in their difference from other people - they're mostly teenagers, after all, and that's what teenagers do.

This sort of self-diagnosis is just a manifestation of adolescent identity-seeking, but because of the way we, societally, deal with psychological issues (medication), it can have unfortunate long-term results. For many of these self-diagnosers, I would say that it's probably not a good idea to see a professional about it unless it's legitimately troubling. As given to exaggeration as teenagers are wont to be, they may end up screwing themselves over in the long run by hopping onto medications that they don't need.
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Posted 2/13/15

Icarusgamer98 wrote:

Tbh, I did self diagnose myself. Why? I was/am not feeling myself. It would be better to get a real official diagnoses, but I'm scared to tell anyone. I feel like no one would really understand or just say "It's a phase, get over it" or "It's all in your head".

It's to the point I wish I was dead. I know it's wrong to self-diagnose, but I felt the need to do so because I need to find help ASAP.. :/


Can you talk to a school councilor? They will not tell anyone else about you unless they think you will harm yourself/others. If you have a serious problem getting help now could be very important. Even if it is just a phase keeping your feelings locked away is not healthy. It's very lonely to feel like nobody can understand you. But there are actually people who will listen and help, if you let them.
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I think I might revive this thread, I"m looking for new contribs.
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