Anonymous asked: i saw your post about self diagnosing a while back and i was wondering how you felt comfortable doing that? i can't afford to see someone to officially diagnose me, but i feel really weird diagnosing myself. i feel like i'm just looking for something to be wrong with me
I totally feel you anon. Heck, I’ve been diagnosed, and I still feel like I’m being over-dramatic, or needy, or exaggerating whenever I state something specific that’s going on with me.
The thing to remember, anon, is that you have to take care of yourself, and part of that process is understanding what’s going on in your head or body. If in doing research you see a cluster of symptoms that matches your own, and it helps what is happening you stop being so scary and starts helping you understand and deal with it, that can only be a good thing.
I have a formal PTSD diagnosis. They asked me “are you having panic attacks or flashbacks?” and I said “yes?” and bam, diagnosis. Nobody mentioned it, mind. I just noticed it on my paperwork later. A diagnosis doesn’t make you special, and you’re not trying to get attention by claiming one. If it helps, it helps, and that’s good.