self diagnosisSome people diagnose themselves before they get professional psychiatric help.  I did, and society influenced my “self-diagnosis.”  Just like PE class for children’s physical health awareness, it is crucial to teach mental health diagnosis in schools instead of using buzz words like ADHD and jumping on a bandwagon that might not be yours.  I thought I was ADHD because I didn’t know there was such a thing as Bipolar II – Chronic Hypo Mania.  Big difference.

Here are some red flags to consider when you self-diagnose and/or miss-diagnose:  

POEM: THE LOST OF THE PERSONAL “I”

Is bipolar going to be the next ADAH?

For kids?

 

The Ritalin’s not working.

Let’s try something else.

 

We have him on Ativan, Klonopin, Trileptal

Let’s try adding Xanax to his morning pills.

 

Sometimes a “diagnosis” of ADAH changes quickly

To fit the needs of the family

Or the school.

 

In the next ten years

Will all the ADHD kids be

“Bipolar?”

 

More meds

Easier solutions

For those that administer it.

 

We are heading down

A scary path.

 

Miss diagnosis and self-diagnosis happens all the time.

Without education we are shaping  a world ruled by

Melding the individual to fit a norm.

 

When there is no norm when it comes to mental illness.

Woman in the mirror photo available from Shutterstock

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 0 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.

Trackbacks






    Last reviewed: 16 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). Self-Diagnosis & Miss-Diagnosis: A Cautionary Tale. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 2, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/01/15/self-diagnosis-miss-diagnosis/

 

Inside the Insane
Check out Erica's book,
Inside the Insane

Subscribe to this Blog: Feed

Recent Comments
  • Colleen King, LMFT: Erica, I appreciate your honesty in discussing the intention of this phone app, and the possible...
  • azgal: Only 2 and 7 applied to me. We separated and during that time he showed up at the door at 11pm. Our daughter...
  • Jayne: I feel for you. My 32 year old son is bipolar and has Asperger’s syndrome. I was cheated out of a great...
  • Jayne: I think Robin Williams committed suicide because the recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease combined...
  • LaurieS: I think the loss of Robin Williams should serve as a lesson to us all that we never know what another person...
Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!