Why I (and others) are opposed to Self Dx
This post was stolen from @anti-pro-ana-ariana
I am someone who is against 100% self diagnosis for many reasons. Self diagnosis is dangerous and does not help anyone.
- You are biased. There is no possible way for you to look at your symptoms from a unbiased standpoint. You may unknowingly play up your symptoms in order to “fit” into a diagnosis. Many people have the symptoms of mental disorder, it’s the disordered aspect of these symptoms that make a mental illness.
- You are not a medical professional. Doctors go through 8 or more years of school to do what they do, this is knowledge that cannot be learned by googling things for 5 minutes on the internet. Even then, they still cannot treat themselves (refer to #1).
- Symptoms can be a manifestation of two separate mental disorders. This can make a difference in how the mental illness is treated and because you are not a medical professional (refer to #2) you would not be able to distinguish the difference between two mental illnesses manifesting the same symptoms of a singular disorder.
- Symptoms can be linked to a physical disorder and not a mental one. Many physical illnesses can create mental symptoms, for example: brain tumors can cause hallucinations and psychosis and vitamin b-12 deficiency casing depression. Because you did not seek a doctor and you are still not a medical professional (refer to #2) you could possibly be putting your life in danger because you are not getting treated for your physical illness.
- You still aren’t getting proper treatment. Say you did self diagnose yourself, now what? Self medication? If your disorder is caused by a imbalance of chemicals then you’re still in the same place you were before. If not, you still don’t have the knowledge
- It creates a stigma.
Now, this absolutely does not mean that you cannot advocate for yourself. Go ahead and research your symptoms and do a little research about he disorder, and if you think it applies, go see a professional.
Common arguments for self diagnosis:
“Some people don’t have access" I would say that 99% do have access they just aren’t using the resources available to them because they haven’t been made aware of them.
- If you are a child, teenager, or young adult attending school there is a school councilor available to you at no cost.
- Some collages have on campus clinics that offer services at a low cost.
- If you are a low income family, you may qualify for medicaid.
- If you do not qualify for medicaid but can’t afford insurance then there is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHID) and you can call them at 1-877-543-7669 or there is the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will provide you healthcare for free or at a reduced price and you can reach them for general information at 888-275-4772.
- Depending on where you live, there are many reduced or free options, you just have to take the time to do your research.
“Doctors just check off the symptoms” The reason doctors do this is during intake to get a feel of what is going on, this is not them giving you a diagnosis. They use this to further go into your symptoms in detail of what your symptoms detail. Then with that information, after going into it for a few months, you get your diagnosis. You will not be getting your diagnosis going to a doctor only a few times. If they do talk about a possibility of a disorder early on that’s still not a diagnosis, they’re most likely trying to rule out what they can and see what fits. Do not undermine good doctors going through the proper procedures to diagnose just because you think checking off symptoms is giving you a diagnosis.
TLDR: You are biased. You still aren’t getting proper treatment. So don’t self-diagnose.