You cannot honestly believe that a person spending one night on WebMD has more medical knowledge than a trained professional that has spent 10+ years studying how to accurately identify mental illness.
No I don’t but here’s the thing: You are completely misportraying the reality of self-diagnosis
- Every person I know who has self diagnosed has not just spent one night on webmd. People spend weeks, months, sometimes years, trying to work out what’s different about them, often referring to multiple sources.
- Official diagnosis can be expensive, inaccessible, lengthy or downright impossible depending on who and where you are. Acting like only those with the privilege to be able to acquire an official diagnosis are disabled is ridiculous.
- Doctors are not all-knowing. Doctors make mistakes, doctors have prejudices, doctors miss signs or misdiagnose, many doctors do not know a lot about specific illnesses and disorders or do not remember everything from those 10+ years. I had a psychiatrist who literally googled things on her tablet in front of me in sessions.
- I’ve had various mental health professionals admitting to me they know nothing about Autism and asking me to explain things. (One place even turned me away from mental health care on the grounds that they ‘did not know how to deal with Autistic people’)
- Disabled people know their minds and bodies better than anyone else. We are constantly denied agency and the refusal to acknowledge what we know about ourselves unless we have an official diagnosis from a usually abled medical professional is incredibly damaging. This creates a situation in which the medical system controls and gatekeeps the disabled community and does not help us at all.
Stop trying to simplify this issue and make it sound like something its not.