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thebaitinahorrorshow:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

thebaitinahorrorshow:

I am not ableist; however, self diagnosis is very harmful and usually inaccurate. If you see signs or symptoms of something, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR. For your own health and well being. If you don’t agree with your…

this is literally just repeating the same exact thing. how does it help you find a sense of community? self diagnosis can easily mistake different disorders for others. Many symptoms overlap, making it possible for you to believe you have a disorder, but for it to be something completely different. People say that mental illnesses should be viewed just as important as physical illnesses. Would you self diagnose yourself with cancer, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, hairline fractures, diabetes, etc etc? No, in that situation searching, reading books, using webmd, and reaching the conclusion “oh, I have [x]” would be viewed as being a hypochondriac.

uh no? those are different things, the only ones that were similar were “finding others with similar experiences” and “finding community”

and so can professionals? your point? the possibility of making mistakes does not invalidate someone else’s experience.

how does it help you find a sense of community?” uh, for example, i have auditory processing disorder! it’s directly related to my (professionally diagnosed) autism so there is no reason for me to seek a diagnosis.  talking to other people w/ auditory processing disorder has helped me to find community in people who understand my experiences!

and mental illnesses are just as important as physical illnesses, but they’re also NOT THE SAME as physical illnesses.  the measure of whether something is important or not isn’t reliant on who i believe has the power to diagnose it.  that being said, yeah, some physical illnesses can be self-diagnosed if someone does research and does not have access to a medical professional. 

p.s. hypochondriasis is an actual disorder and what you’re literally doing here is diagnosing people based on a flawed idea of what hypochondriasis is.  kinda hypocritical, don’t you think?

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thats-not-a-real-thing:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

Self Diagnosis

thats-not-a-real-thing:

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Someone’s gonna see that and be like “Oh, well that thing is that way then. But my friend has that… They can’t be like that.””

that’s silly, that’s basically an argument for NO marginalized person to ever talk about their marginalized identity, or really anyone to talk about individual marginalized people at all.  and thats bullshit! people tell me im not like their autistic child all the time, but the problem isn’t that their child is autistic and is different than me (how could that possibly be a problem?) but that they’re expecting all autistic people to be the same!

if someone expands what a self-diagnosed autistic person acts like to me as a professionally dxed autistic person, thats the person doing the generalizing’s fault, not the fault of the self-dxed autistic person

Sorry, I mis-said that part. I meant like, if you always talked about that thing you claimed you had. You always said it makes you do this and that, so the person thinks all people with whatever are like that. Like, stereotypes. 

(*sigh* im just gonna use an example instead of being so vague)

Let’s say you and 9 people said you thought you guys were x or whatever. You fit all of the criteria, and some dont. you go and get diagnosed, and the others dont. 5 keep it to themselves, but the last 4 talk about it all the time. They say things that aren’t true about it (but what they say is similar to another thing). That makes more people think they have x, when they really could have y because they identify with those 4. 

It’s like, it kinda harms a lot of people, because people are doing things for x, when they could help themselves by doing y. And now other people don’t get what x really is, and have wrong opinions on it.

Also, I was talking about things with specific criteria that needs to be met. So, some things have criteria you have to meet in order to be that.

(im not fully anti self-dx, just partially)

im sorry im having a lot of trouble understanding your analogy with all the x’s and y’s.  but some of the criteria psychiatry imposes (for example the weight restriction on anorexia) are just bullshit and these criteria vary across different organizations’ (i.e. DSM vs. ICD), the diagnoses and criteria change regularly too.  psychiatrists don’t even really listen to the guidelines themselves, for example i was dxed with personality disorder - NOS at 17 and that’s technically against the criteria.

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thebaitinahorrorshow:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

thebaitinahorrorshow:

I grew up with an alcoholic father without a job and a mother working minimum wage to support my brother and I as well. My father spent a good portion of our money on alcohol. I knew I started showing symptoms of depression, that something was wrong. Self diagnosis does no good. What is the point…

your experience does not invalidate that of those for whom self diagnosis HAS been useful.

explain to me in what way self diagnosis can be helpful, please, enlighten me. Not that I took a psychology course in which one of the first things they stated was that self diagnosis is rarely accurate, or anything, you know…

finding community, finding people with similar experiences, explaining one’s experiences to others, finding resources

also psychology classes are notoriously ableist as fuck

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thebaitinahorrorshow:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

thebaitinahorrorshow:

I am not ableist; however, self diagnosis is very harmful and usually inaccurate. If you see signs or symptoms of something, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR. For your own health and well being. If you don’t agree with your doctor’s diagnosis, since obviously they are not dealing with what you are, TELL THEM. Explain to them what’s going on so they can help you to their best ability!

"im not bigoted but…" is pretty much always bullshit. if you have to say that, you probably are.

do you know how dangerous self diagnosis is? I understand your point, but this is an extremely important issue for those who have access to doctors, which in America, is most. There are health care facilities and clinics that take those with no insurance and for very minimal fees. And yes, I read your tags as well.

thats nice but self-diagnosis has actually been much safer for me.  look, you are free to see a medical professional, good for you if that’s helpful to you, but in my experience seeing medical professionals has been what is dangerous for me.  plus those free health care facilities are only really accessible to people in certain areas (particularly big cities) and money isn’t the only reason people are unable to see doctors.

look, if someone is unable to access a decent medical professional to treat them for something, self-diagnosing is definitely no more dangerous than just not doing anything.  in fact, it’s safer as it allows them to find community and resources.  if you’re saying not having access to decent medical treatment is what’s dangerous, yeah, it is, but we know that.  fix that shit before complaining about self-diagnosers, who are generally just people trying to make the best of a bad situation.

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thebaitinahorrorshow:

I grew up with an alcoholic father without a job and a mother working minimum wage to support my brother and I as well. My father spent a good portion of our money on alcohol. I knew I started showing symptoms of depression, that something was wrong. Self diagnosis does no good. What is the point…

your experience with misdiagnosing yourself does not invalidate that of those for whom self diagnosis HAS been useful.  i have plenty experience of being mis-diagnosed and mis-treated by medical professionals but that doesn’t invalidate the experiences of those who DO choose to see medical professionals.

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thebaitinahorrorshow:

I am not ableist; however, self diagnosis is very harmful and usually inaccurate. If you see signs or symptoms of something, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR. For your own health and well being. If you don’t agree with your doctor’s diagnosis, since obviously they are not dealing with what you are, TELL THEM. Explain to them what’s going on so they can help you to their best ability!

"im not bigoted but…" is pretty much always bullshit. if you have to say that, you probably are.

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Self Diagnosis

thats-not-a-real-thing:

Sometimes, self-dx isn’t always bad. You notice something’s wrong? Go look up your symptoms. Come to a conclusion. You think you have y? Great, go to the doctor.

Can’t go to the doctor? Well then are there things that can help with whatever you think you have that you don’t need to go to the…

Someone’s gonna see that and be like “Oh, well that thing is that way then. But my friend has that… They can’t be like that.””

that’s silly, that’s basically an argument for NO marginalized person to ever talk about their marginalized identity, or really anyone to talk about individual marginalized people at all.  and thats bullshit! people tell me im not like their autistic child all the time, but the problem isn’t that their child is autistic and is different than me (how could that possibly be a problem?) but that they’re expecting all autistic people to be the same!

if someone expands what a self-diagnosed autistic person acts like to me as a professionally dxed autistic person, thats the person doing the generalizing’s fault, not the fault of the self-dxed autistic person

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Anonymous said,
"i have to rely on self diagnosis because 1. cant afford to see a doctor 2. my parents would fucking freak out if they found out i had any form of mental illness and probably throw me in an asylum so ooo oo oyeah"

puerimagi:

you do not rely on self diagnosis, you aren’t getting treatment.

i’m sorry about your situation, i really am, my parents were the same and physically and mentally abused me because of the complications that came with my disorders

they can not however throw you in an asylum

you CAN get help, there are free services, and people willing to help

you can not be thrown somewhere against your will unless you are a danger to yourself and others

you’ll be fine, if they’re going to be abusive about it you phone the police, that is in no way legal

so yes while it is harder for you to actually get a proper diagnosis sself diagnosing does nothing and you arent getting treatment and that’s where it’s problematic

also you aren’t sure if you even have the right diagnosis

again, sorry for all that, i really am, but using self diagnosis as treatment is wrong and is in no way beneficial to you. at the end of all of this i just want YOU to get proper treatment and to not have to go through whatever illness you have

have a nice day

stay strong

they can not however throw you in an asylum” 

uh, yeah, if anon is a minor, their parents actually can do that

and sorry but you don’t have to be receiving medical treatment to be mentally ill.  im not “problematic” because i have bipolar disorder (professionally dxed) but am not receiving treatment for it right now.  stop pushing the medical model on disabled people.

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violetmcdaniels:

Is it okay to put autistic in my sidebar if it’s self diagnosed? Or should I keep neurodivergent as an umbrella term for everything?

thats ok to put it in your sidebar, although i should warn you there may be people who are assholes about it.  but its definitely ok and you have every right to!

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Self Diagnosing

i-wish-i-could-do-it:

i really despise self-diagnosing tbh

"OMG I’ve been sad for like a week, I have depression!”

"I was scared to present in front of the class, i have anxiety!”

"I didn’t eat breakfast for the first time ever, I’m anorexic!”

"I clean my room all the time, I have OCD!”

Maybe not everyone…

thats not self diagnosing, thats misusing the diagnostic terms.  its a shitty thing to do but has nothing to do with self diagnosis

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