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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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posted 1 week ago (® thebaitinahorrorshow)

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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posted 1 week ago (® thebaitinahorrorshow)

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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posted 1 week ago (® thebaitinahorrorshow)
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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posted 2 weeks ago (® thats-not-a-real-thing)
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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posted 2 weeks ago (® puerimagi)

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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posted 2 weeks ago (® violetmcdaniels)
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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posted 2 weeks ago (® i-wish-i-could-do-it)
http://autisticlynx.tumblr.com/post/90875537153/punkabed-but-like-have-people-who-are-against

drejofvalenwood:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

drejofvalenwood:

punkabed:

but like, have people who are against self-diagnosis ever been diagnosed with anything? do they know how much time & energy most psychiatrists spend on diagnosis compared to the amount of thought that goes into most self diagnoses? do they know how crucial it is for people…

sigh

You guys wanna know why self diagnosis is discouraged? It’s because you guys look at lists of symptoms and textbook explanations and pick the closest disorder you can find. You get it in your head that you have this disorder, and instead of going to a therapist to get a real diagnosis, you say, “Ahahaha, I have autism, yay!” 

I won’t deny that many self-diagnosers do their research. It’s also a good idea to maybe get together an idea of what you think you might have and go to a therapist with it. But therapists aren’t useless. Tests are run. MRIs are taken. And a real diagnosis isn’t just for school purposes, aids, or benefits. The meds can help and you can even switch them out if they’re not working.

Don’t just dismiss a therapist because one told you what you didn’t want to hear. 

this is a post about medical abuse and you’re going “Don’t just dismiss a therapist because one told you what you didn’t want to hear.”  thats so freaking dismissive.  shut the hell up

Um, yeah, of course it’s dismissive. Because you people are being fucking stupid.

Getting a professional diagnosis is not medical abuse - for fuck’s sake, if you idiots try to get a psychologist in trouble because he told you your self diagnosis was wrong, you’re some of the shittiest people I’ve ever seen. You don’t have the tests, the research, the schooling, the equipment, the MRIs, the fucking experience. 

The only reason why you think self diagnosis requires oh so much more effort than a professional one is because you sit there and agonize over it for months. Even if you only match a few symptoms, you’ll push yourself to believe you have more serious ones. A little socially awkward? Must be autism!

no you asshole, the post talked about medical abuse as a reason why many people who have been victims of medical abuse have trouble seeing doctors.  YOURE the one who decided medical abuse was “telling someone something they didn’t want to hear,” which is why i called you invalidating.  no one in this conversation dismissed therapists because one told them what they didn’t want to hear, but you made that assumption based on hearing that someone had been abused by medical professionals.

don’t fucking lecture me about medical abuse, ive been raped by a doctor, ive had other doctors shame me for being raped, accuse me of not doing enough to protect myself from rape, suggest i had let people rape me, almost kill me by telling my parents to keep giving me medication that was causing severe bradycardia, force me and attempt to coerce me into invasive procedures without my consent, prescribe me medication long-term that is only supposed to be a short-term medication, and oh, institutionalize me.  (and inb4 you’re like “all of that could never happen to one person,” it did and there is plenty of research available to you that talks about how people who are victims of abuse become more and more susceptible to retraumatization by other abusers)

but yeah, i guess i’m just scared of going to the doctor because “they didn’t tell me what i wanted to hear” (/sarcasm)

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posted 2 weeks ago (® punkabed)
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rift-master:

your-dash-needs-clarafication:

bibliospork:

nothingaboutus-withoutus:

drejofvalenwood:

punkabed:

but like, have people who are against self-diagnosis ever been diagnosed with anything? do they know how much time & energy most psychiatrists spend on diagnosis compared to the amount of thought that goes into most self diagnoses? do they know how crucial it is for people…

sigh

You guys wanna know why self diagnosis is discouraged? It’s because you guys look at lists of symptoms and textbook explanations and pick the closest disorder you can find. You get it in your head that you have this disorder, and instead of going to a therapist to get a real diagnosis, you say, “Ahahaha, I have autism, yay!” 

I won’t deny that many self-diagnosers do their research. It’s also a good idea to maybe get together an idea of what you think you might have and go to a therapist with it. But therapists aren’t useless. Tests are run. MRIs are taken. And a real diagnosis isn’t just for school purposes, aids, or benefits. The meds can help and you can even switch them out if they’re not working.

Don’t just dismiss a therapist because one told you what you didn’t want to hear. 

this is a post about medical abuse and you’re going “Don’t just dismiss a therapist because one told you what you didn’t want to hear.”  thats so freaking dismissive.  shut the hell up

"Tests are run."

Ah hahahahaha! Good one.

(There aren’t tests for a lot of disorders. There’s someone looking at a list of symptoms and saying, “Yup, you’re bipolar.”)

Um, no. It may not be a physical test but they have a full on discussion with you and catch all the little subtleties that you can’t. I thought I may have had depression, I talked to my doc, and he said “Well actually probably not” and discussed little things that were more likely to be to blame. They can also run things like word association tests and such. For autism, they made me do puzzles and think up stories and then they just TALKED to me for ages. There are always ways to test it. They didn’t do 10+ years of medical school to go and match symptom lists all day.

everyone on tumblr is way more professional than the pschologists that actually found out that all these disorders are a thing and have dedicated their lives to solving and helping those with these problems instead of blogging and ranting about how no one understands them and their supperior ways.

psychiatrists retraumatized me after my sexual assault, pls tell me more about how much i should just let them “help” me

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