i think it can definitely be accurate. understanding an issue you think you have is always good and healthy.
but there are a few things to be careful of; some self-diagnoses could be based off of inaccurate stereotypes of stigmatized/misunderstood disorders. another problem is that there’s a lack of detailed documented experiences by people with certain disorders, so the majority of information would be from essay-style articles written by people who most likely don’t have those disorders.
and then there’s the issue of how much thought is put into the actual recognition of a presumed disorder: when were the symptoms recognized? when did you come to the conclusion that there may be something wrong? when did the abnormal behavior become prominent? in the case of autism, for example, the behavior would’ve been recognizable from a young age (childhood or earlier), and so it’s not something that you’d just happen to notice. also, autism - along with primarily neurological disorders, like schizophrenia - is extremely complex. the research involved in a self-diagnosis like that needs to be very extensive. you would need to look into as many professional sources as possible, understand all of the diagnostic criteria, and study others’ experiences with it in order to reach a real, legitimate diagnosis.
i understand that some people a) don’t have access to professional treatment b) have unsupportive families or c) don’t have enough money to visit a psychiatrist, so it’s not entirely possible for them to get an official diagnosis. plus there are other concerns, like how the diagnosis of a stigmatized disorder could affect other aspects of their life (ex: trans people with psychotic illnesses are more heavily evaluated during transition than neurotypical trans people), which means for some people, a diagnosis might not be the best option at the moment. professional diagnosis and treatment should be sought at some point, though.
what matters in the case of any diagnosis - whether professional or self - is evaluation, research, studying, consideration, and, most importantly, skepticism. not all information out there is accurate. the possibility of being neuroatypical is something to be taken 100% seriously. don’t settle for a wikipedia page.
Confession: I have a friend who likes to text me at like 4am when he’s had nightmares or he can’t sleep or he just needs a friend. He thinks I’m always awake at 4am but really I go to bed around 12am and I change his text-tone to the loudest one I have just so it wakes me up when he needs me.
you’re the kind of friend everyone needs
when you clearly ignore someone but they keep talking to you
my teacher sent a student home today because the student had had an anxiety attack earlier in the morning and she said “if you have a broken bone, you don’t just keep walking on it and damaging it more, you treat it. Your mental health is the same. Health then school.”I was about to get really angry but it took a different turn than I expectedwe really need more teachers like this
STOP. This is the police, you’re under arrest for being too cute. Now, put your hands where I can hold them.
i love you im glad you exist im so happy you’re alive