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I’ve noticed a few people on here talking about depression, but saying they are self diagnosed. What are people’s opinions on this?

I think self diagnosis is positive if you just haven’t had the courage to go and seek help yet, but you recognise the symptoms in yourself. The first step to getting help is realising you need it and all that. Though it feels off to see people claiming they have/had severe depression but have never seen a doctor about it. That thread about “being depressed makes me happy” with someone claiming to have depression but describing enjoying being lazy and gaming all day, who won’t go to a doctor because they enjoy their life and are happy with their ‘depression’ just doesn’t sit right.

All it does is fuels misconceptions about depression by people who have only been diagnosed by online tests. It’s contributing to people thinking depression is just sadness, that it’s a mood rather than an illness.
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I don't think self diagnosis is a good thing because once you believe you suffer from something though you actually don't, you can make it a reality. Much like the placebo effect. The sensible thing to do is to always check with a doctor in these circumstances and just believe you don't suffer from anything but being cautious at the same time.
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I think it's unwise to say "I definitely have [condition]" if you've never had an official diagnosis, since it can lead to pretty serious harm if a different condition is missed, or if the person tries to self-treat an illness they don't actually have. You can still access most non-medical support (e.g. online groups) even if you just think you might have a particular condition, and there are also dedicated services for people who are unwell but undiagnosed.

I think self-diagnosis is particularly tricky when it comes to mental health, because a lot of mental health conditions have very similar symptoms, not to mention the fact that psychological symptoms can also be caused by physical illness (for example, the NHS lists depression as one of the most common symptoms of an underactive thyroid).
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The doctors here are crap, they don't listen so I don't bother going to the doctor for a diagnosis when it comes to mental health it's hard to explain how you feel, well for me it is, especially when im asked to answer on the spot :/
My doctor searches it the symptoms i describe on the itnernet, even I can do that....
Self-diagnosis means you can say you don't have it when you feel like you don't... It would get me down to know that i definitely have it...
And besides, doctors can diagnose wrong.
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(Original post by Sayed M)
I don't think self diagnosis is a good thing because once you believe you suffer from something though you actually don't, you can make it a reality. Much like the placebo effect. The sensible thing to do is to always check with a doctor in these circumstances and just believe you don't suffer from anything but being cautious at the same time.
True! We can’t objectify assess ourselves in the way doctors can, and if you see a symptoms you relate to it’s easy to latch on to a false diagnosis, mostly because we want to know what’s going on with our bodies and minds.
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The doctors here are crap, they don't listen so I don't bother going to the doctor for a diagnosis when it comes to mental health + it's hard to explain how you feel, when for me it is, especially when im asked to answer on the spot :/
My doctor searches it the symptoms i describe on the itnernet, even I can do that....
Have you tried seeing a psychiatrist? They have a lot of knowledge on mental health and definitely won’t need google! Sorry you’ve had such a bad experience with doctors, I’ve had my fair share of uninformed and unhelpful “help”.

I’m so bad at talking too, my way of dealing with it is to write it all down on a letter, then take it into appointments with me. That way if I can’t find the words, I can just hand them over for the doctor to read. Hopefully you find something that works for you, doctors or not :hugs:
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tbh, every case is different. Most people who self diagnose are people who can see that something is obviously wrong, and self diagnosis is a way to get help without family, schools or workplaces finding out. However due to the romantization of common mental health disorders, due to media, films books etc and innacturate portrayal of people with mental health disorders, sometimes people self diagnose because they relate to characters, quotes etc which are stereotypically associated with a mental health disorder.
If a person thinks they have a mental health disorder, they have to do their reaserch properly. Mental health problems are not "bad/weird feelings" they affect how you think, how you function -- most mental health disorders even have physical side effects!
Also, doctors -- MD doctors are unspecialised so their diagnoses can be wrong -- so if you are really concerned go to a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
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Have you tried seeing a psychiatrist? They have a lot of knowledge on mental health and definitely won’t need google! Sorry you’ve had such a bad experience with doctors, I’ve had my fair share of uninformed and unhelpful “help”.

I’m so bad at talking too, my way of dealing with it is to write it all down on a letter, then take it into appointments with me. That way if I can’t find the words, I can just hand them over for the doctor to read. Hopefully you find something that works for you, doctors or not :hugs:
No, my parents would have to get involved and I don't want that

I'd do that, but it feels too abnormal idk :/
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I think depression is a real issue in society and its under represented. You don’t really need to be a doctor to be diagnosed for depression.
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It helps if you can go to them and say 'so I think that I might be struggling with xyz'. Sometimes you might need to be more forceful. My quack is great but I know not all are. It's a question that needs nuanced, individualised responses, I guess. I think a lot of the time it's unhelpful to go to a quack and tell them that you have xzy - but soemtimes you have to fight them, in which case... yknow.
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When the treatment for social anxiety is talking to a stranger

Idk what that has anything to do with but hey some people might self diagnose themselves with that because they dont want to see a doctor sooo
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I somewhat disagree with self diagnosis. You can search up the symptoms online and go to see a doctor for advice and professional diagnosis. But if it's plain 'search it up and assume I have this illness' and then convincing others without professional proof that you have it; then I heavily disagree. It is not just harmful to you and those around you, but also to the people who actually are diagnosed with the illness.

However, diagnosis of mental illnesses is already difficult enough as many symptoms of one illness can intertwine with other illnesses, and doctors tend to misdiagnose because of this issue. So I may understand why someone may result to self diagnosis as a last resort. But even so, it's still pretty harmful
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How do you send diagnose depression?
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ppl are depressed cos they spend excessive time on internet, play video games, watch hardcore porn, eat junk food like dominos pizza. if ppl just adopted healthy habits like eat healthy, go to gym, read some books instead of Netflix, social media. quit porn and video games for many folk they would be fine
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(Original post by LunaCat)
The doctors here are crap, they don't listen so I don't bother going to the doctor for a diagnosis when it comes to mental health it's hard to explain how you feel, well for me it is, especially when im asked to answer on the spot :/
My doctor searches it the symptoms i describe on the itnernet, even I can do that....
Self-diagnosis means you can say you don't have it when you feel like you don't... It would get me down to know that i definitely have it...
And besides, doctors can diagnose wrong.
Ikr! My school basically called my mum and told her to take my and then I told the dr a little bit and she spent ages telling me how I should tell my mum.
And then she goes and says I have low f****** self esteem like ...what? I fit the the depression criteria like completely and every online thing says moderate/severe. Like wtf
Then my school makes me do counselling In school and I’m just sitting there not speaking for an hour while some bloke blabbers on about some $h!t.
Sorry ik you are like rly not interested in my whole life story but this is me agreeing with you haha
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I suffered for a long time before I sought help. When I say suffered it got to the stage I was injuring myself & I just wanted it all to end. I knew along the way (self-diagnosed) that I was depressed, but the stigma and the fact I’m the ‘strong one’ in the family/group of friends made me hide it for a long time. I eventually sought help from GP/helplines and I’m glad to say that my self diagnosis made me realise I needed help for what is an illness, not just something you can snap out of.
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Before my diagnosis, I knew I was depressed anyway. So I was depressed in accordance to my self-diagnosis, which was then confirmed a year or so after. I was lucky that my surgery have a doctor who specialises in mental health. If I hadn't self diagnosed, I'd have gone into more depression unknowingly if ygm.
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I’ve noticed a few people on here talking about depression, but saying they are self diagnosed. What are people’s opinions on this?

I think self diagnosis is positive if you just haven’t had the courage to go and seek help yet, but you recognise the symptoms in yourself. The first step to getting help is realising you need it and all that. Though it feels off to see people claiming they have/had severe depression but have never seen a doctor about it. That thread about “being depressed makes me happy” with someone claiming to have depression but describing enjoying being lazy and gaming all day, who won’t go to a doctor because they enjoy their life and are happy with their ‘depression’ just doesn’t sit right.

All it does is fuels misconceptions about depression by people who have only been diagnosed by online tests. It’s contributing to people thinking depression is just sadness, that it’s a mood rather than an illness.
Self diagnosis is bad.
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Disagree with it tbh
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I had no idea I was depressed before I went to see a doctor. It didn't even cross my mind nevermind looking up symptoms.

That said, I think self-diagnosis can be a double edged sword. One one side it can mean people can talk to other people who may be going through the same thing (online mostly), they can see that what they feel isn't normal behavior and I think that helps. However, they may start to act a certain way to fulfill the diagnosis and it can become a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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