I think it has a potential to be dangerous but I understand why people do it. There are times when I think it’s acceptable and time’s it’s not. Some people may not have access to mental health care, parents refuse to help them, or are in the very early stages of and illness and are just trying to seek answers. This, is not the most responsible thing, but totally understandable. Others, particularly people who don’t actually have mental illness, may self diagnose and it illegitimacies actual sufferers. That, for example is not okay.
I always encourage seeking professional help and diagnosis. This can protect people from potentially misdiagnosing themselves and possible causing harm. I think it’s important to remember that self diagnosis is not necessary to self care. You don’t need to be officially diagnosed to start taking care of yourself. If you think you can relate to and benefit from some bipolar coping strategies even if you don’t have bipolar then go ahead and use them!
I hope this answers your question!
excuse me but self care is not the same for everyone and you absolutely cannot tell a person that self diagnosis is not necessary for their self care, because for some people - it is a part of their self care!
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…
"The medical industry is out to get you!"
Go see a shrink.
nah, how about instead, you fucking die (@durkin62 who is a piece of crap for delegitimizing people’s experiences w/ medical abuse)
Hey guess what I have autism and have also been fucked over by psychiatrists. Ones that probably got all their info from Autism Speaks and were bitter about their old age.
I still fucking hate those psychiatrists, and there’s a huge lack of understanding about autistic folks, but using a username like ‘nothing about us without us’ and then acting so hostile is not going to get ANYONE on your side.
When I see your username, I expect advocacy and education, not anger and death wishes. Please take a step back and re-evaluate what you stand for.
lmao fuck you i am autistic and i dont have to respond to anger how you would “expect” me to just because my username is a common disability rights slogan. i don’t give a shit what you expect
im not gonna be nice to people who gaslight medical abuse victims and tell medical abuse victims to “go see a shrink” as an insult
Self-diagnosis is okay but you need to get a medical professional to know your condition exactly. Those people are trained to diagnose you. It’s also important so you can get prescription medication for your condition.
Also,doctors are not ableist, shut the hell up.
"Also,doctors are not ableist, shut the hell up."
lmao yeah they are
and not all things are treated w/ medication and medication is not a requirement even when medications do exist