The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

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The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

The internet is an incredible tool that gives us access to a wealth of information in just one click. With the world at our fingertips, we may be tempted to seek answers to all of our problems by searching online, but don’t let your search bar replace a visit to the doctor’s office — especially when it comes to matters of mental and emotional health. You may know your way around WebMD and other online medical consultation websites, but a self-diagnosis based on a few internet articles is ineffective and can sometimes be dangerous.

You May Misdiagnose a Serious Condition as Something Minor

Without the experience of a mental health professional, you will most likely miss or ignore emotional, physical, or behavioral patterns that are critical to a diagnosis. Dr. Srini Pillay offers the example of self-misdiagnosing mood swings as symptomatic of bipolar depressive disorder when, in actuality, the behavioral changes suggest borderline personality disorder or, in some cases, a brain tumor. Professionals will assess the severity and direction of mood swings to make a more accurate diagnosis. Moreover, a physician can prescribe the medication you need to treat your condition, but if you refuse professional care, you will not have access to proper help.

You Undermine the Role of the Doctor

You know yourself better than anybody, but that does not mean you possess the knowledge and experience to correctly evaluate your behaviors. In instances of physical injury, you would seek the expertise of a physician, knowing that they have the tools and ability to fix a broken arm or stitch an open wound. Mental health professionals spend years studying mental and emotional conditions and accumulating the skills to treat those disorders. Trust their judgment.

You Deny the Severity of Your Symptoms

Experiencing unfamiliar emotions can be scary, and you may not want to know if they are symptomatic of a mental health disorder. This apprehension cannot stop you from seeking professional aid. With the right treatment plan, you should be able to manage your symptoms and maintain the same lifestyle you lead before visiting the doctor. By self-diagnosing a mental health disorder, however, you deny yourself effective treatment and allow symptoms to persist. You deserve to be healthy, and only a doctor can help you get there!

Seeking professional medical attention for mental health concerns is just as important as going to the doctor for physical injuries or ailments. At Avalon Malibu, we want you to be an active participant in your recovery. When you leave our facility, you should be prepared to overcome any challenges and lead a successful and sober life. Our commitment to offering diverse treatment options means that each person can enjoy a unique rehabilitation experience tailored to their individual needs.

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