this is a space to discuss the stigma mentally ill people face (particularly those with psychosis/schizospectrum disorders, PDs, bipolar disorder, and others often shut out of the usual discourse on illness); to provide resources for mentally ill people; and other things related to mental illness.
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One of the weirdest thing abled people on the site say is that when they get called out for doing things that have ableist implications they think that’s its always abled people who are deciding that these things are ableist and then brainwashing disabled people (mainly…
people care more about self diagnosis than actual medical abuse
i love how self-dxing is considered so wrong and harmful yet if you get the diagnosis wrong all you’ve done is probably learnt more about the condition and some non invasive coping mechanisms while psychiatrists are given a free pass but if they get a diagnosis wrong they’ve given you meds that could have severe side effects and done a plethora of other legitimately harmful things.
1. Everyone should be assumed neurotypical and should be forced to act neurotypical, until proven otherwise.
2. Everyone who has been unable to get diagnosed for any reason should suffer in silence.
This is absolutely untrue. People against self…
Pretty sure you just insulted me because you have no argument against that as it’s all fact.
Nah. I just didn’t want to deal with someone as biased as you. But if I must.
1.) Most people cannot afford to see a doctor/psychiatrist/specialist. Demanding they do is absolutely classist.
2.) A lot of people have disabilities that make it impossible to leave the house. Physical and or mobility disabilities, social anxiety, phobias, any number of other mental illnesses. So yes you absolutely are being ableist.
3.) Doctors can be wrong. And those who can barely afford one doctor can’t afford to go to another.
4.) Doctors can absolutely cause harm. Medical abuse is a huge issue in the disabled community and to just say “no you have to be diagnosed by a Real Doctor” is incredibly triggering and also ableist.
5.) Do you even hear what you are saying? Who does self diagnosis harm? Who? If I self diagnose myself and wind up wrong, what happens? I feel disappointed and perhaps a little silly for thinking that. Because that’s what self diagnosis is. It’s researching something that you feel is a part of you, a part of the way your body or brain works.
Because surprise, without doctors, people who self diagnose can’t get treatments. They cannot get prescription drugs. They cannot try different procedures for curing it. None of that risk or danger happens unless they see a medical professional.
So yes, really, you are ableist and classist as all fuck.
things that mental illness is:
things that mental illness isn’t:
- a punchline
- an insult
- a ticking time bomb
- the plot of a horror movie
- an afterthought
- an adjective
Good, real tips at the link, although I’m afraid that the people who really need to read the article are those who will not.
"Don’t be defined by your condition" often seems to mean "pretend your condition doesn’t shape your life or else".
- do not use sanity slurs if you do not have a mental illness
- do not use intelligence slurs if you do not have a learning disability
- do not use handicap slurs if you are not physically disabled
- stop using ableist slurs if you aren’t disabled. why is this so hard for you people to understand.