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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
I believe in self-diagnosis. I also believe in getting a second opinion. It doesn't take a doctor to know when you have an ear infection, but it's good to have a doctor check out an ear infection that comes with a burst eardrum. My line of reasoning should be clear. There are quite a lot of things that are painfully obvious for anyone to figure out, but it's good to second-guess yourself. Doesn't help that the medical system is screwy. My mother's back acted up almost a month ago, and she tried to notify a doctor almost immediately. She couldn't get an appointment set up until today. I don't blame her for going ahead to try and relieve her pain during the ridiculous wait.
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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


Pretty much this.
Due to my own self diagnostic, I was able to get help (with a bit of coercing with relatives. ) but, I don't believe in using it as someway to victimize yourself or appear "special" isn't okay because mental illness isn't something you just "choose."
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Doctors, specialists, psychiatrists, etc. are trained for a reason. I've had a lot of bad ones and they cost me money, but I don't believe I have the right to be like, "I have this exact issue." I can say I might have a hunch and I seem to meet x criteria, but ultimately that's not for me to decide. Online assessments are usually not valid for me because I'm a stickler for source reliability.

As one other user has said, I believe this is standard Special Snowflake syndrome. I unfollowed a girl on Tumblr recently because she diagnosed herself with high-functioning autism (hint: you do not have Aspergers because you have trouble socializing).
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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'm sorry, but with Obamacare now in effect, this is a bullshit excuse. All you have to do is take advantage of open enrollment and you can get a decent price with a shrink. May not be the best shrink ever (as it was in my experience), but enough to get real help.
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I think anyone who self-diagnoses has a fool for a doctor.

I put my ex husband through medical school and residency and there is a lot more to diagnosing than just checking a list of symptoms. Zebras are called that because they are rare diseases not because everyone has it. Shows like House spend a lot of time on things that most doctors won't see in their entire careers.
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When my hands or feet are out in the cold for too long, my fingers start to turn very yellow and get numb like this...



I read prevention info and run my hands under warm water to get them back to normal. I've never went to a doc about this and never felt the need to. I've had this for at least 15 years and know how to get rid of the symptoms. Why go to a doctor so he can try to over prescribe me?
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kamahl01 wrote: I read prevention info and run my hands under warm water to get them back to normal. I've never went to a doc about this and never felt the need to. I've had this for at least 15 years and know how to get rid of the symptoms. Why go to a doctor so he can try to over prescribe me?
run more?
is that not something to do with bad blood circulation?
if you just tried to shake them and see if that does anything?
else I dunno..
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kamahl01 wrote: I read prevention info and run my hands under warm water to get them back to normal. I've never went to a doc about this and never felt the need to. I've had this for at least 15 years and know how to get rid of the symptoms. Why go to a doctor so he can try to over prescribe me?
run more?
is that not something to do with bad blood circulation?



Its a permanent condition that you cant really do anything about. It does have to do with circulation of your digits (toes and fingers). I'm probably the most active person I know. I ride my bike and run multiple times a week.
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shhhhh... Just let them find out the hard way
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Posted 12/18/15
They worry me.
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hnrbledischarge wrote:


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'm sorry, but with Obamacare now in effect, this is a bullshit excuse. All you have to do is take advantage of open enrollment and you can get a decent price with a shrink. May not be the best shrink ever (as it was in my experience), but enough to get real help.

pow pow you assume i have a job.....
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hnrbledischarge wrote:

Doctors, specialists, psychiatrists, etc. are trained for a reason. I've had a lot of bad ones and they cost me money, but I don't believe I have the right to be like, "I have this exact issue." I can say I might have a hunch and I seem to meet x criteria, but ultimately that's not for me to decide. Online assessments are usually not valid for me because I'm a stickler for source reliability.

As one other user has said, I believe this is standard Special Snowflake syndrome. I unfollowed a girl on Tumblr recently because she diagnosed herself with high-functioning autism (hint: you do not have Aspergers because you have trouble socializing).


I sort of agree. You might have an idea of what you have, but you won't know for sure until you go get yourself checked out. Sometimes though, it can be pretty obvious when a person has something like 'Agoraphobia'. Though, the faster you get it checked out, the faster you can get better.
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Back in the days when I thought I was going to be a Doctor, and started medical school, one of my professors addressed this very subject, he said, "No matter what the condition, if you diagnose yourself, you'll have it."
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Posted 12/20/15 , edited 12/20/15
I think know one knows your own body more than you do.

That said, if you "self-diagnose" yourself and don't see professional help then you're either bullshitting or a baka.

And if you do get professional help, but they tell you nothings wrong with you, yet you believe your opinion is better than a trained professional's then you're a baka.
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Posted 12/20/15

Em0SceneStabr wrote:


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.


Both your and Lowlights' comments sum up my opinion on those who self-diagnose.

This topic keeps getting brought up and I'm getting very annoyed at how many people like to assume that all or almost all self-diagnose are only trying to feel special, gain sympathy, and take no responsibility for their actions, dumping all of them in the same category.
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