what's your opinion on self diagnosis?
i try very hard to avoid doing it to myself personally because i think when you’re feeling like shit or disconnected or anything like that you try to find reasons why. you try to make sense out of it and so you look at any possible reasons you can and try to tell yourself its just a condition that you need medical help for instead of something thats only there because of your life at the moment. my approach is generally that if i feel strongly enough about a possible condition that i’m almost certain that i have it, i still dont know for sure enough to say i have it until i talk to a professional about it. i know i experience a lot of social anxiety and anxiety in general but i dont feel comfortable with saying i have an anxiety disorder until i get it confirmed by someone with the qualifications to do so, for example.
that being said, this is only for me. if someone tells me they have depression, or anxiety, or anything else in the same wheelhouse, i wouldnt doubt it for a second because i dont and cant know more about what goes on in their head than they do. plus, its very possible that they cant get a professional opinion just because of their personal situation so it’d be incredibly unfair to say that they dont have the thing they have because they havent seen a professional about it. this answer is about my own approach to it, nothing more.