So. I want to hear what shit the doc with the couch has diagnosed you all with. Everybody and their dog are getting diagnosed with some mental disorder today that you have to wonder if being depressed, inattentive, inept at social skills and whatnot are just HUMAN TRAITS.
I'll start out with myself. Depression. I will grant the head doctors a little slack, because if being minutes away from killing myself USUALLY means someone's depressed. OCD. They thought I had that for a while because I was a compulsive skin picker. I was not OCD. OCD is a obsessive thought or action, and I wasn't obsessing over my skin. It stemmed simply from two things - I was anxious and I like peeling things. Big difference. A lot of OCD people don't even realize they're doing what they're doing, especially in the case of skin picking. I was fully aware of what I was doing.
Asperger's Syndrome. I waver on this one. I go through these denial and then acceptance stages and then back to denial. Right now I'm in a half-denial and half-acceptance stage. I do meet the criteria for the disorder but only mildly. If I were brought to a psychiatrist ten years ago I wouldn't have been diagnosed with the disorder because my case is so mild. One has to wonder, if a case is that mild, should it even be diagnosed at all? Yeah, yeah, I'm a pretty quirky person. I'm somewhat socially inept and say things I really shouldn't say without thinking about how the other person might feel. But doesn't everyone do that? And yeah, so I obsess over my interests. But the interesting thing about this is I didn't start obsessing over things until 4th grade, and my obsessive interests have kind of waned. I don't go around talking about serial killers obsessively anymore (yes, that was and is one of the things I'm very fascinated with). And I have limited eye contact. A lot of people, diagnosed or not, have poor eye contact.
I can maintain eye contact with certain people, so it's not like I can't do it at all. I just avoid eye contact with authorities and people I don't like, and so many people do that anyway. It's not abnormal.
I was also diagnosed with nonverbal learning disability. This entails visual-spatial problems and social skills problems and shit like that. Let me make it clear I have no visual-spacial problems. I don't have fine motor problems, either. And while it may be true that I'm in the bottom 2% or something like that for recognizing and remembering faces, that can be attributed to other things. Not just NLD. And fuck, most of the people at my school have NLD. I don't want to be on the same spectrum as them.
Social anxiety. I was very anxious as a younger kid (well, really, up until this last year) and even now I won't talk on phones, but it's really ebbed. I don't have any problems telling people off anymore or standing up for myself. its given me lots of practice.
ADD. Some weird psychiatrist who looked like Freud gave me this diagnosis. I do NOT have ADD. DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT. ADD is marked by inability to pay attention. I have an ability to pay attention. Do I use it? No. Why? Because I don't care. Does that mean I have ADD? No. ADD has become this thing that professionals and parents slap onto kids when they want an excuse for why the kids aren't paying attention. Anybody ever stop to think and wonder why the kids aren't paying attention in the first place? Maybe because their school is as boring as hell.
I'm not saying AD/HD doesn't exist. I know a girl who has severe ADHD, and off her meds she's like a completely different person. She literally bounces off the walls. But 1 in every 6 kids is now diagnosed with ADD. If it's really that common, then maybe inattention is just a human trait and not some disorder.
I'm pretty sure there's some other things they've slapped on me but I can't remember. If I really cared I'd go search through my medical records but I couldn't be bothered.
So come forth and post the labels you've had slapped upon you.
I just realized how ironic it is that I love psychology so much but yet I'm so skeptical of it.