people who are completely against self-diagnosis though tick me off SO much, there are so many reasons why, mainly because their argument is based off of fake anti-sjw blogs that have descriptions that list like 10 different ilnesses and apparently that sounds “”ridiculous”” (and may i mention…
Self Diagnosis is dangerous though.When you self-diagnose, you are essentially assuming that you know the subtleties that diagnosis constitutes. This can be very dangerous, as people who assume that they can surmise what is going on with themselves may miss the nuances of diagnosis. For example, people with mood swings often think that they have manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder. However, mood swings are a symptom that can be a part of many different clinical scenarios: borderline personality disorder and major depression being two examples of other diagnoses. The clinician can help you discern whether you swing from normal to down or down to up, and by considering how long the mood swings last, the clinician can make the appropriate diagnosis.That’s why you go to professionals to confirm them.
Self-diagnosis also undermines the role of the doctor-which is not the best way to start the relationship. While doctors are generally very enthusiastic about getting packaged information, it would help if you actually trusted your doctor. If your doctor is someone whom you cannot trust, then think again about why you see this doctor. Your doctor should respect your opinion, but the discussion should be an active one. If you doubt the doctor’s diagnosis, tell him or her that you do and say why. This is much better than silently diagnosing your own syndrome.
Okay please see the post i reblogged here because doctors are not involved a lot of the times and that explains why, I can understand why you’re bringing doctors into this but self-diagnosis usually happens because of a lack of doctors for those listed reasons and possibly more
also generally if people are legitimately concerned about having a mental health issue, they research thoroughly into it, they don’t just see one symptom and say “hey I have this.” nobody is just “shy” and says hey I have social anxiety, the symptoms exhibited for mental health issues are usually much more than shyness or as you mentioned mood swings, they are much more elaborate and I myself and other people are able to tell from what is healthy and whats not
I saw the post but I cannot agree with it. Guidance counselors and social workers are there for kids who can’t afford testing and such and can even be requested to not inform your parent (unless you’re doing harmful behaviors to yourself and others which parents and authorities have to be called) Most doctors even say it’s better to be verbal about your problems anyway even if you’re scared of the outcomes.Just like every situation in life, In fact bottling it up is more harmful.And no matter how much research they do they are still not qualified to make professional decisions/answers just like with anything. Like I can research all about carpeting but if I don’t prove that I know it no one would ever hire me to build their roof right?
Plus self diagnoses absolutely destroys the potential of you getting better reasons include:
Okay lets get something straight here do you think that things just stop at self-diagnosis? Do you think people just self-diagnose themselves and say “Well! Figured that one out, guess I don’t need any more help!” because that’s not how it goes, so I don’t understand what you’re saying
and while I agree that there are guidance counselors, not every school has them (mine never did, shitty schools anyway), and I can’t speak about social workers because I don’t know very much about them quite honestly.
Hope you don’t mind me jumping in, Nico, but…
Firstly, people who self-dx generally do their research. We really do (I was self-dxed at first for various reasons, one of which being I didn’t feel comfortable disclosing how I felt to anyone). Like, I didn’t just say “oh I feel down all the time I must be depressed”—I looked up symptoms extensively and read people’s first-hand accounts and realised ‘holy shit that’s exactly what’s happening with me,’ and I set it as a tentative self-dx. And at any rate, we know our own symptoms best, and but it can be freaking difficult to explain them to someone else unless you already have the vocabulary for it (which, guess what, can be learned by attempting to self-dx!).
Also, self-dxers can be medical professionals. Believe it or not, neurodiverse folks can be medical professionals! Shocking!!!
Also, can we not see doctors as infallible and impartial resources? They’re not. They’re shaped by prejudices, a lot of prejudices. Just take a look at the statistics of how frequently people of color are misdiagnosed when it comes to neurodiversity. And this goes for social workers and guidance counselors, too.
Also, when it comes to treatment, doctors can be dead wrong. You know best whether something is working for you or not, and while medicine might not be available to someone who is self-dxed, there are lots of resources out there. And, ultimately, you know what works best for you. As Nico said, it’s not like people just say “kay here’s my diagnosis” and then just do nothing about it.
Speaking of guidance counselors, their first duty is rarely, if ever, towards the kids. And that’s if they even exist at a given school. Their duty is towards the school, which means they are not always safe resources. Plus, guidance counselors aren’t psychiatrists/therapists/etc. They are also not qualified to give therapy and counseling on a long-term basis, and while they might be able to give you a tentative diagnosis, they are not medical professionals. At some schools (including at ones I’ve attended), guidance counselors are basically the college counselors, and nothing else. So why even bring them up if you’re arguing against self-dxers?
And, like, bottling stuff up can be harmful, but you know what else is harmful? Disclosing to the wrong people. Disclosing to people who try to have you forcibly institutionalized. Disclosing to people who make you feel unsafe afterwards for whatever reason. Disclosing to people who dismiss your problems or say that you’re just being dramatic about it. Facing stigma because there is now a diagnosis on your records.
All you did was ignore all of my points though. I stated saying that doctors are qualified to know these things and researching on the internet doesn’t compare to 4-8 years of medical school. I’m well aware everyone knows how you feel but that’s irrelevant.You still need to go to a doctor for the correct treatment”it can be freaking difficult to explain them to someone else unless you already have the vocabulary for it (” No actually therapist study for years on this which proves my point. Doctors can help and disclosing it by saying “I don’t feel comfortable" is extremely ignorant and immature. Half of your arguement was just a strawman. “Just take a look at the statistics of how frequently people of color are misdiagnosed when it comes to neurodiversity. And this goes for social workers and guidance counselors, too.”
Where are you getting these facts and why are you involving poc? That’s completely irrelevant to this. I as a black male have never even experience or know someone who has experience what you’re talking about. And their duty is to the kids. What do you think they do? They’re there for support.
”And, like, bottling stuff up can be harmful, but you know what else is harmful? Disclosing to the wrong people. Disclosing to people who try to have you forcibly institutionalized. Disclosing to people who make you feel unsafe afterwards for whatever reason. Disclosing to people who dismiss your problems or say that you’re just being dramatic about it. Facing stigma because there is now a diagnosis on your records.”
Again strawman. Can you back up some information on this? Where do you get your research? How many professionals have you actually talked to? How long do you read up on this?