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Posted 12/17/15
Are you sure everyone is self-diagnosing?

I take medication prescribed by a psychiatrist, after being evaluated by that psychiatrist, then a psychologist in the same clinic. Of course, I usually don't run around bringing it up... but... if it comes up I would hate someone saying I had "special snowflake syndrome."


.... then again, who knows... maybe that's what I'm on meds for.
Posted 12/17/15 , edited 12/17/15
People will give themselves the label/diagnosis to find solace in there condition, just to belong and relate to others. There is probably more reasons but I can't think of any more at the moment. Probably fear of being misdiagnosed is another reason, which I wouldn't say is to far fetched since I think some practitioners can, f-up or just not care, I mean there humans so yea it's a possibility. Some people are probably looking for an excuse to get out of certain situations. Self-diagnosis is too myopic in trying to understand where your at in your life.
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See a doctor to get a real diagnosis... Unless you are a doctor because then I guess you would be able to accurately self diagnose.
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I believe that self diagnose are so you know that there might be something that is going on with you and that YOU SHOULD GO TO SOMEONE THAT KNOWS TO MAKE SURE.

Like if you look on the internet for possible sickness you might have, you could end up coming across information that says you are about to die. That might or might not be true, and you should seek professional help to find out! Same goes for self diagnose.

I get that those sort of things might be complicated or expensive, but one should make an effort since its health related.

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Lowlights wrote:

speaking as someone who's self diagnosed & been professionally diagnosed with a variety of things

you can find - as in, easily find - the exact sheets, quizzes, and documents that psychologists will give & use to diagnose you when you start discussing possible mental disorders online

drawing conclusions from those (hint: what a lot of self dx'ers do) is very valid, and definitely more possible for most people than actually visiting a psychologist. money/time/health restraints are significant in the lives of people who are looking into serious mental illnesses.

on the other hand, looking up personality disorders on wikipedia, clicking on one, and going "hey thats me" without any further research won't do much

but shitting on people who are actively attempting to help themselves isnt going to help at all, ever

I couldn't have said it better.

I don't think she intended to be offensive with her choice of words though. I feel like OP is getting confused. There is a difference between someone self diagnosing to stand out by always bringing it up to others, or just lying for sympathy.
but she isn't taking into consideration someone that's like "Why can't i do blank, or why can everyone else respond to normal question but for some reason i freeze up" and thinking they have a problem because they the symptoms. A person like this would usually be trying to work on getting better but they don't enjoy being like that, it's not by choice is what i'm saying..... i'm just rambling now.
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Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

See a doctor to get a real diagnosis... Unless you are a doctor because then I guess you would be able to accurately self diagnose.


some people can't afford health insurance for regular doctor visits and trips to the dentist. let alone a trip to a shrink that may just mess with your head so you come back and pay more money.....
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Posted 12/17/15
Idiots they are.

Professionally diagnosed with Aspergers / ocd and clinical depression here (on and off )
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Posted 12/17/15

Em0SceneStabr wrote:


Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

See a doctor to get a real diagnosis... Unless you are a doctor because then I guess you would be able to accurately self diagnose.


some people can't afford health insurance for regular doctor visits and trips to the dentist. let alone a trip to a shrink that may just mess with your head so you come back and pay more money.....


Any civilized country has a mental health scheme to get you a few free visits a year to a psychologist.
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Posted 12/17/15

Em0SceneStabr wrote:


Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

See a doctor to get a real diagnosis... Unless you are a doctor because then I guess you would be able to accurately self diagnose.


some people can't afford health insurance for regular doctor visits and trips to the dentist. let alone a trip to a shrink that may just mess with your head so you come back and pay more money.....


I know how it is these days but I would still recommend seeing a doctor regardless.
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Posted 12/17/15
I self-diagnosed myself with mono once. Turns out I was just really bored.
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Unless you have the credentials, you shouldn't be diagnosing anything. That is all. The chance of making mistakes is too high for it to be accurate and worthwhile.

You might spend all your time doing online research and reading facts, but the most you should get from those are maybes.
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Posted 12/17/15
I sometimes have a hard time believing mental illness actually exist at all.
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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
Self diagnoses? Don't believe in it myself.
Self awareness? A bit.

Being aware that you might have an issue feels more plausible than clinically labeling it. I met someone that's getting treatment for a disorder they tried convincing themselves they didn't have. Seem to be doing better now that they've been properly diagnosed. Not sure if contemplating to self diagnose can lead to/cause more issues? Then again I'm no expert.
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If you are not a trained medical professional then any self-diagnosis you carry out on yourself should not be treated as proper diagnosis. It should be regarded as a potential warning that you may need medical or psychological help.

Self-diagnosis can be a good thing however, it depends how it plays out/what the person does with the information. For example if a person self-diagnosis themselves as being depressed (or any other form of mental illness) and goes to see a doctor as a result then I would say it is a good thing. The person involved will hopefully receive treatment allowing them to recover and overcome it.

However, if a person goes self-diagnoses themselves and uses their "illness" as a badge of honour or in order to make yourself appear unique (or treating it like you would a fashionable handbag) then you are a terrible person. At best you trivialise the illness making others less sympathetic to genuine cases by creating a "cry wolf" effect; at worse you can convince people who are suffering from an illness to not seek help and in the worst case scenario could result in the that person’s death because they did not seek professional help.

Seriously, if you have a genuine belief that you are ill (mentally or physically) seek professional help.
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Posted 12/18/15
Well America I assume you have to pay so... self diagnosing saves money.

As for the UK, it's ridiculously hard to get to see a doctor now. And when you do they see you for a quick 10 minutes and don't seem to care whether there's something wrong with you or not.
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