Speaking of which, given you guys have studied psychology, what is your opinion of the depiction of certain psychological disorders on there?
I think that there is a massive epidemic of both self-diagnoses and incorrect professional diagnoses of Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. I think that there should be no such thing as diagnosing someone with "mild" symptoms of either, especially in children and teens, as it becomes an excuse and a self-fulfilling prophecy that limits their potential and self-esteem.
I think it is a serious
issue with our youth right now. I totally acknowledge that both issues are completely real things, but I feel that the professional psychological community is trying to turn everyone into a bundle of disorders that make up their behavior, and that almost nobody can just be going through a tough time, or really have any sort of clean bill of mental health. Especially with children. A kid is kind of hyper, he suddenly has ADD. A kid has trouble talking to girls or issues with making friends, he suddenly has aspergers or autism, depending on the circumstances. A kid bullies other kids, and suddenly he has sociopathic tendencies.
I think a good portion of those cases don't need professionals to be involved, it's called kids being kids
. Kids are hyper, and they fight, and they can be shy, and they can be cruel, but that's a normal part of childhood. I almost feel like slapping a diagnoses onto a child is like giving both the parent and the child an excuse to just give up on improvement altogether. It's almost like sanctioning
Little Charlie bounces off the fucking walls all the time and has trouble staying on task, but that's ok, it's just how he is because he has ADD. The parents don't need to get together with their child to help him work on staying fucking still
and focusing on completing his chores and staying on task, because that's just how Charlie is because of his disorder
. Lets either let him run wild, or throw medication at him to turn him into a zombie. That's totally the answer.
Then Charlie becomes a teenager, and is filled with all sorts of self-doubt and introspection at "what is wrong with him". When he does certain things that are negative or wrong, but line up with his disability in a way that he can justify to himself, he does nothing to try and fix them. He decides it's not his fault, and absolves himself of responsibility.
See where I'm going with this? It's an issue, it's an epidemic, and it needs to stop. We need to stop giving "mild" or tangential cases of mental issues that may or may not be there some quack diagnoses, because it just becomes an excuse not to perform in many cases.
Now not all
cases are like this, there are plenty of real world examples of people with real issues, and I totally admit that.
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However, imo, over half of Tropers profess that they have some sort of mental disability or illness. About 50 percent of that half will say they are self-diagnosed, and out of the other 50 percent who say they got a professional diagnoses, I'd say about half of them are lying, or got an incorrect diagnoses.
In my case, I've never really given any considerable fucks about if I'm bipolar or not like my dad. I am who I am, and there are things I need to work on, and I work on those things. Instead of a teenager who thinks or has been told that the reason he isn't good at talking to girls or people in general is because of his "mild autism", the more helpful outlook is "I have trouble talking to girls, and I don't know where to start. I need to talk to someone like a friend or an adult and try to figure out how to work on this."
I just feel like our current youth are into this whole "Look at me and how much I struggle. LOOK AT ME AND LOOK AT HOW UNFORTUNATE AND TORTURED I AM GOD DAMNIT. But it's cool. It's my cross to bear, I deal with it." It's about labels. People want to feel like the odds are against them so they have an excuse for their failings, and we're enabling millions of people to do just that.
Together, they made me. I do not know how to classify myself, truly, but my psychologist said I have trouble showing real, lasting emotion, but am a "social chameleon" when I want to be.
I wouldn't worry about that too much, I've been told that too. I can drift from social group to social group, and just about instantly and subconsciously start flexing the traits they find favorable in me and suppressing the traits that would be unfavorable, so every different group of people I know sort of knows a different me. It can be alienating though, for sure. Just something to work on I suppose.
edited 24th Mar '13 11:15:30 PM by Barkey
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