The overuse of psychological disorders and self diagnosis is starting to get to a point where every second person thinks that they are qualified enough to diagnose not only themselves but others around them. It’s getting beyond a joke. Just because you have a single day where you don’t feel happy does not mean you’re depressed. It means that you are normal. It’s something that is experienced by EVERYONE in society. If you legitimately thing that you are suffering with a disorder, or feel like you need/want to talk to someone than do so. It can be a friend, family member or professional. But NEVER self diagnose a psychological disorder EVER. Definitely do not come to me telling me that you are clinically depressed when you have not seen a psychologist or psychiatrist to diagnose you. I will help where and when I can but I will not stand by while you tell me that you are clinically depressed without an official diagnosis as this draws resources that could be helping someone else who is actually clinically depressed. Especially when I am the person you come to and I offer solutions and you tell me that you are able to self manage the condition without any approved forms of treatment.
I am so over people who have no idea what a term means and they continue using it. I realise that I have been studying this for 3 years and have more of an idea than someone who has not had any previous knowledge in the field. I have no issue in helping when I can, but if you continue to raise the issue with me disregarding my attempts to help and informing me that I have no idea, and you’ve seen it first hand because your ex-boyfriend had the same issue then you are the one with no idea and the only person you are hurting is yourself. There is a reason for the criteria for diagnosis of a psychological condition, similar to that of a medical condition. It’s like telling someone that you have Alzheimer’s because you forgot something one time even though you are a perfectly healthy 20 year old.