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  1. Its difficult because a lot of people are misdiagnosed by professionals too. I wish we could move away from the medical model all together, but thats another rant.

    “not a couple of weeks of feeling a bit rubbish.” actually you can be diagnosed after 2 weeks of feeling sad.

    Such a complicated area.

    • There is a lot of misdiagnosis, which is why it’s a bit worrying. And yes, not all cases are the same, but as a general rule, I would say a slump for a couple of weeks is much different to an ongoing battle.
      But you’re right, it is complicated and there are grey areas.

  2. Loved this post! I hate when people say ‘I’m so depressed’ in an off hand comment when I have a parent who has had manic depression all my life. Really enjoyed reading this one chick xx

    • Thank you! Exactly what I mean. It’s so frustrating. I don’t even have them so can’t imagine what it’s like for people who do to come across that and have it made out to be so trivial. I’ve definitely seen people go through some of these things and it’s so much more complicated than it seems. Sorry to hear about your situation, sounds tough xx

  3. Yeah I know people don’t do it intentionally so try not to let it bother me too much. To be honest been such a part of our lives, dad is so good with it now and recognises episodes it’s managble with good meds and doctors xxx

  4. You should also look into dyslexia and dyscalculia. I swear 4 in every 5 of my students who claim to have it self diagnosed just because they are rubbish at with literacy and numeracy. That’s just a hypothesis and would need to look into it more.

    • I did think about dyslexia actually, but wasn’t sure enough about false symptoms. Or dyscalculia, but I’m sure the same goes for those.

  5. it doesn’t bother me, because not everyone has the luxury of being able to see a reliable professional. that is a privilege. it does, however, bother me when people write things telling people what exactly disorders are, and aren’t. especially when they’re not professionals. mental illness, even specific disorders, can come in all shapes and sizes, and saying “this isn’t this” often only contributes to anxiety – a common symptom of MI is guilt and constant anxiety over whether you are ‘really’ ill or not – and prevents people from seeking help, especially those who need it most.

    • I understand where you are coming from. This is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek post about how some phrases can be so overused that people needing help can have their symptoms seen as trivial.
      I am not sure where you are from, but everybody is able to see a doctor in the UK, so I am sorry if that is not the case near you.
      I understand that it is not always the case that such ‘symptoms’ mean nothing. Again, I have clearly stated I am not a doctor so hopefully nobody will take real advice from this post.

      I do have a lot of knowledge about and experience with these illnesses and wouldn’t say anything if not.

      I appreciate your comment and point of view. Thank you for commenting and giving another perspective.

  6. I couldn’t agree more with this. One of the most frustrating things is when people just assume that the internet holds all the best information: “Oh if Google says it, it must be true!” What they don’t understand is that ANYONE can write ANYTHING on the internet, so it’s always best to see a professional. I guess you could say that with both physical and mental health. <3 http://www.loveemilyjayne.blogspot.com xox

    • Yeah, I definitely think it works for both mental and physical. I am all for a good Googling of symptoms and trying to figure things out. I even think you could realise these illnesses on your own, but it’s the pettiness with which it’s applied sometimes. And of course, a professional can offer so much more support.

  7. I’ve been around people with mental illness and those who thougth they have mental ilness. And it’s always so annoying when people claim to have something just for the sound of it and to get symphaty. People I had most contact with mostly claimed they have depression or OCD, simply because the symptoms were vaguely simmiliar to what they found on the internet and they refused to see the doctor because “they already self-diagnosed”.
    All their “problems” were usually fixed or go much better after I gave them few tips on how to deal with their “illness”. Of course I’m not a doctor, but but as long as it works and it’s not harmful to the person, why not give some advice 😛

    I guess tthe whole thing bothers me this much because I am a person for who even the doctors can’t put a diagnosis to and I’ve been around all kinds of doctors and had bilion different medication for 15 years.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your troubles, but that’s exactly what I mean. It seems to be a go-to response rather than trying to improve things first. It’s great that you could help people when they felt that way too.
      It’s always worth considering options and I happily look for my own diagnosis whenevr I’m not well, but I do claim to have an illness or anything close if I happen to have some similar symptoms.

  8. More folks need to read this, it can be so frustrating to see some folks talking about various mental health issues and it’s all self diagnosed or just having a bad day or week. I’ve issues myself, so I do tend to get a bit fed up listening to some folks 🙂 Thankfully I’m pretty well at the minute!

    Honestly Aine

    • Sorry, I’ve just seen this! I’m glad you’re doing okay at the moment. Thank you for taking the time to read this too. I think to a point you can know there’s a problem with yourself and possibly even self diagnose, but yes, the people I mean is the ones you mention, who have a bad week and call it depression, or don’t fancy a night out and say they have anxiety. Not quite! Hope you’re well xxx

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