Why #SelfDxIsValid

Some reasons why self diagnoses (self dxes) are valid, in context of disability/neurodivergence/acute illness/chronic illness:

  • We diagnose ourselves already. Examples:
    • minor medical problems (eg the cold, broken bones)
    • allergies
    • neurotypicality
    • transness
  • It can help with a prof dx (professional diagnosis)
  • Prof dxes are not accessible financially or equitably to all.
  • Some people do not trust the medical system.
  • External validation not needed for dx
  • Services not available for certain segments of the population
  • Need access to disability/ND/sick community now not later
  • A diagnosis is not inherently medical. It is a group of things under one name.