My Stance on Self-Diagnosis

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

I recently got a question on Tumblr asking if I support self-diagnosis. I provided a brief answer, but I wanted to expand upon that and really write out my reasons for supporting self-diagnosis. I know that this is a very contested matter across Tumblr and the blog-o-sphere with many people standing strongly on either side of the debate. So let’s delve into the reasons I support self-diagnosis as well as exploring my personal history with self-diagnosis and the psych industry.

I was 9 the first time I went to see a therapist. My parents had just discovered that I was lying about being sick as well as making myself throw up in order to get out of school. I was bullied significantly throughout school and I had reached a breaking point. School was so dreadful that I was willing to be sick in order to get out of it. So…

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