…Ok so…. I don’t know….. There is definitely validity to self-diagnoses. Especially if you took a class for one or several years or you actually know something about psychology. And it’s totally important that self-diagnoses are treated as valid because 1) you’re not that person and you don’t know better (unless you know them very well and it can be assumed they’re bullshitting which idk is up to your own opinions), and 2) not everyone has access to a clinical diagnosis or treatment.
THAT BEING SAID, many depressive, anxiety, and other types of disorders have vague symptoms or symptoms that, when taken on a base simple level, everyone could look at and say ‘yeah I feel that way sometimes’. There is such a thing as psych or med students reading about diseases and convincing themselves they have it, and even in the clinical/medical professional community there’s a varying degree of success in correctly diagnosing disorders or ailments (someone could go to three separate psychologists and leave with three different diagnoses, same as doctors). I don’t think it’s quite accurate to say that a self-diagnosis is on the same level as a professional clinical diagnosis from someone who studied many years and knows a much wider range of knowledge and possible diagnoses (instead of the possibility of just looking up a few and saying well I have a lot of these symptoms…), as well as (typically) experience and a gauge at what the severity of those symptoms indicate.
That’s not saying that self-diagnoses are invalid! They are sometimes required, for many reasons, and if identifying the problem helps you begin to find a solution or ways to help yourself, then that’s fantastic! But if you get the opportunity, it’s typically best to eventually go get a professional diagnosis?! If that is an option. Idk I just don’t think it’s fair to say a self-diagnosis is always going to be on the same level as a clinical one.
"And it’s totally important that self-diagnoses are treated as valid " ???
Your basic premise is false.
Self-diagnoses are NOT valid because you have no psychiatric training. You’ve read about symptoms online and in textbooks. You have little to no knowledge of how they play out in real life and you in NO WAY have the understanding of mental health that psychiatrists who have completed med school + residency + experience working with ill people day in and day out have.
A couple university courses does not equip you to make diagnoses. You can recognize symptoms, sure, but that does not make you a qualified doctor.
Alright, look. I’m going to lay this out as clearly as possible for you, and if you fail to comprehend it at that point then you are beyond my help.
Not everyone has access to a professional diagnosis. Whether it be because of their home situation, lack of financial resources, stigma, the incredible lack of psychiatric professionals depending on where you live, or any other varying reason. If you do not have access to a professional diagnosis or treatment, there is little option but to self-diagnose yourself or else continue living with a possibly crippling mental illness with no method or form of treatment or coping. Once a diagnosis of some sort has been made (whether through finding information online or talking to people who also have experience with mental disorders or some other method), a person can look up treatment and therapy options from there. I never said that a couple of courses makes you a qualified doctor, but you’re sure as hell able to read case studies and examine symptoms and possibilities until you come to some sort of conclusion. Even in the professional community there has been study upon study done showing that one person going to different psychologists about the same symptoms can leave with several different diagnoses, and all of them could be wrong. Beyond that, the individual will always know themselves and the extent of their symptoms more thoroughly than a specialist regardless, and to insinuate that the majority of people with mental illness are completely clueless as to the way symptoms play out in real life (again, either through case studies or personal experience or speaking to friends/family/etc. with mental illness) is absurd. My very point was that self-diagnoses are not, across the board, /as/ valid and reliable as a diagnosis from a medical professional - but to say that self-diagnoses are completely invalid is small-minded, uninformed, and entirely elitist. I’ve no idea where you assume the knowledge or right to speak about the matter whatsoever, but I can guarantee you that I am more knowledgeable about it due to my own training and experiences, and you are woefully misinformed.
Still a flawed premise.
If you are unable to access nearby services to diagnose you… how are you going to get the treatment you require a self-diagnosis for?
You literally do not need a diagnosis to begin therapy. You literally do not need a diagnosis to continue living your life without treatment. The only purpose of a diagnosis is to guide treatment and for doctors to easily communicate with each other a set of symptoms without having to send pages at a time.
That you fail to comprehend how treatment systems work is beyond my help, I’m sorry. I’m also sorry that you feel like such an authority on the topic and that I could not possibly have any knowledge or credibility on this topic. If you are implying you are a clinician and work with clients, I feel really sorry for them too.