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Every mental health diagnosis in the international Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) is a normal human behavior that’s gotten out of control. For example: a normal person can behave in an OCD manner by driving back home to check if she unplugged the iron. If she goes back to check ten times every morning, so is chronically late for work to the point of losing her job, she may have a clinically-diagnosable problem. But is it OCD? Perhaps it’s PTSD from a childhood fire? Perhaps it’s a transition disorder, i.e. she hates her new job and is avoiding work? Perhaps its an attachment issue and/or she is expressing grief about her mother’s death who loved ironing! Heck, perhaps she doesn’t want to leave her dog alone! Could it be a brain tumor? Online tests are not only dangerous to your health, they are harmful to sense of well being. If you think you may have a mental health problem, talk with a human clinician or two who can get to know and understand you before making a critical diagnosis, particularly one involving side-effect laden medication, not a misleading bot.–MR

by Dr. Todd Thatcher MD, January 12, 2021 |

Considering there are at least 10,000 in the world, symptoms of one condition will often overlap the symptoms associated with dozens of other conditions. Although the internet is an excellent tool, it can often be more harmful than good — especially when it comes to your physical and mental health.

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