Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.
I was scrolling through my Google alerts when I saw the headline “Should It Be Allowable To ‘Diagnose’ Mental Health In the Press?”
Let me make this simple: no. It is never allowable to diagnose anyone’s mental health unless you are their mental healthcare provider, have thorough information on their mental state, and have the appropriate training to diagnose someone. The only exception to this is self-diagnosis, because there are lots of people out there who can’t afford to get an official diagnosis but understanding their own mental health and having a label for it can still be incredibly helpful.
Why shouldn’t you be allowed to diagnose someone else’s mental health when you’re not their mental healthcare provider?
You don’t have enough information.
You will probably be spreading misinformation about whatever diagnosis you put on them because YOU DON’T KNOW IF THEY HAVE IT OR NOT.
You continue the stigma of “craziness” by labeling weird or abnormal behaviors as pathological.
Outing someone’s mental illness, if they do in fact have one, without their permission is not an ok thing to do thanks to the continued stigma against mental illness.
Your opinion is utterly irrelevant when it comes to someone else’s mental health, as their diagnosis should be to the public. There is no reason for public opinion on someone to change because of a diagnosis. The only reason it gets reported is for sensationalized stories about “crazy people” or to dismiss violent actions. More stigma. Don’t do it.
Basically, don’t comment on someone’s mental health if you aren’t their therapist/doctor/psychologist/psychiatrist/counselor/etc.