I don't support self DX, groundbreaking, I know
It almost trivializes mental disorders. I wish I had saved pictures, but I’ve seen people openly admit they self dx bipolar disorder, ADHD, AUTISM (granted, autism is hard to diagnose even by professionals sometimes), and schizophrenia to name a few of the more extreme cases. People who actually have these things find them exceptionally complicated to understand and they had to get someone else to diagnose it. Saying it is easy as deciding or BELIEVING you have something, not get treated, and act like you understand what these mental illnesses entail is disrespectful and I do not respect someone doing it. That is romanticization, I’d argue, though I wouldn’t claim the website as whole does this stuff as it is more like many of the insecure preteens and unsure young adults on Tumblr.
I have issues with anxiety. It’s very plain to see, really. However, I don’t diagnose myself with GAD because I’m not sure if I have an actual anxiety disorder. If my anxiety because an actual issue, I will call someone up and see what they have to say. They are professionals, not me.
“I know myself better than a professional”
I highly doubt a person who says that knows where their spleen is. Yet a professional would.
The major reason why someone feels the need to self diagnose something seems to be as if they wear a mental illness like a badge. It’s creepy.
I hate to beg the question, but why WOULD people want to self diagnose themselves? Especially with shit like bipolar disorder? If you actually DO have something like that, you really NEED to get medical assistance or else you become a danger to yourself. And why do these people not seek professional help? Probably because they fear they will be told they don’t have the mental illness they claim they do (though there could be a few other factors at play.) or see how it feels to be treated as a mental patient would be clinically.
If you believe you have schizophrenia, WHY AREN’T YOU SEEKING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE?
It’s gross to self diagnose. It’s gross to self diagnose! IT’S GROSS TO SELF DIAGNOSE! And justifying or defending it is just as gross!