hey self-diagnosers, I got a question: if you have the means to get an official medical diagnosis then why don’t you? let’s just exclude the people who financially cannot get a diagnosis. if you have the ability to go see a doctor and get diagnosed (and thereby open up medical and therapeutic treatment options) then what is stopping you? unless you’re worried that they’re not gonna diagnose you because, oh yeah, you’re a teenager with internet access and you probably don’t actually have the condition you think you have
I mean, I don’t know what the word “means” here i supposed to mean. I have the financial means, but I don’t have the emotional means. I have PSTD from parental abuse, multiple rapes (one of which was by a doctor), and medical abuse.
I don’t see a doctor because I’m terrified of doctors. Last time I went to a psychiatrist about trauma, I was shamed and treated as defective and wrong and misbehaving for my coping mechanisms, dxed with PD-NOS and never even told about that until I requested my medical records 4 yrs later, and had the psychiatrist try to force me into getting an IUD. I’ve seen myself destroyed by doctors, I’ve seen my friends harmed so much by doctors. I don’t trust doctors not to harm me anymore. I’ve picked myself up after facing all this abuse and I’m terrified of getting back to a really bad place (not that I’m in a good place emotionally right now) and it sucks.
I’m not against self diagnosis at all but, I’m just gonna say that there’s some things you can’t accurately diagnose yourself with without knowing how you were as a baby…since it’s something you’re born with. As in, you do not develop it.
Like, anxiety/OCD/etc is developed (my anxiety disorder started developing when I was about 10-11 years old)…some things just…aren’t like that……………..
That’s all I gotta say about it
This argument really falls apart when you realize that people who are estranged from their parents, whose parents are deceased, or whose parents are abusive / not supportive of them getting a diagnosis are still able to get diagnoses. Sure, you’re born with some things, but doctors make diagnoses with limited information too.
Like it’s not like the doctor’s going to know what people were like as a baby.
If you ever seriously condone self-diagnosing mental illness you need to sit down and re-evaluate your choices.
Like it’s one thing to suspect you have a mental illness but until you speak to an actual medical professional, don’t go around telling people you’re bipolar or OCD or clinically depressed.
Honestly. If you think you’re mentally ill, don’t get your diagnosis from WebMD, talk to an actual doctor. PLEASE. It is IMPERATIVE for your treatment and recovery.
Sincerely, someone who’s actually been diagnosed with 3 mental illnesses.
You can’t tell people what’s imperative to their recovery. You can never know that.
Sincerely, someone who has been professionally diagnosed with 11 mental illnesses and cognitive disabilities, not like this should be a competition