I was doing a psychology exam with my classmates except it was taking place in my kitchen and my teachers were there too. We answered the paper while cooking something that was just a weird mess of colours and everyone got their own mayonnaise bottle.
People need to stop acting like therapists and other mental health professionals all know everything there is to know about psychology and can never be wrong.
First of all, they can be (and many of them are) racist, sexist, ableist, etc either on a conscious or subconscious level. I've seen people say "I was denied an autism diagnosis because my psych didn't believe women could be autistic" and then there's dozens of comments saying "well they're a professional so they're obviously right!!! Just admit you don't have autism!!!" even when the person explicitly said they were denied a diagnosis because of a sexist and inaccurate stereotype.
And also, I guarantee you most psychs are not as educated as you think they are (which plays into the above point, they aren't educated enough so they have these biases). Despite how long they spend in school, they often come out knowing about MAD and GAD (without tangible causes) and CBT, and that's about it. Often times certain disorders get mentioned once for a single paragraph and that's it, and/or taught about incorrectly. I've heard people say that Split was shown as an accurate representation of DID in their psych class. Unless a psych has specialist knowledge in a certain disorder, it's safest to assume they barely know anything about it, unfortunately.
Even when it comes to well known disorders. I'd say most therapist are not trauma informed enough to treat PTSD and C-PTSD. I've had MULTIPLE therapists admit to me that they know barely anything about OCD and I had to explain to them how to treat me. They don't even know about PTSD and OCD, so how they hell do you expect them to know about dissociative and personality disorders???
This is not to say all therapists and mental health professionals are unqualified. This is to say that they have biases and prejudices, and that the psychology training system teaches you about depression and anxiety and not much else. So no, you shouldn't treat them like flawless gods that can never be wrong ever. So yes, sometimes they misdiagnose. Sometimes they fuck up. That DOESN'T mean that the patient is faking. And this ESPECIALLY means you shouldn't believe a therapist's take about a certain disorder just because they're a therapist. For example, all the therapists who are not qualified at all in personality disorders saying shit about "narcissists" and "sociopaths" (especially on social media, because they do that stuff for clout and don't care about facts).
So the bottom line is: stop assuming mental health professionals know everything. And if they don't specialize in a certain disorder, don't take their word as law. You wouldn't take a dentist's opinion on cardiology, don't take a depression/anxiety therapist's opinion on NPD.
Do- they not realize that those of us (the minority of a minority) who do "claim" to have dissociative disorders tend to be diagnosed? And anyone who's actually faking is in the extreme minority?
Wait. Actually, they probably do. Oh, how lovely it must be to care so little! /sarcastic /half-joking
Given the behavior of a lot of anti-endos, I wouldn't be surprised if they decided that you were "stealing resources" from "real systems" by being diagnosed.
I've legitimately seen this take on r/systemscringe and r/fakedisordercringe, when even when seeing someone's papers showing their diagnosis, they double down on the fakeclaiming, acting like the doctor must have misdiagnosed them.
Anti-endos are are all for psychiatry until the moment it disagrees with them. (Which, let's be honest, is all the time.)
(the minority of a minority)
I just wanted to highlight this, because in general, this really does seem like the anti-endo community's prime targets.
There are legitimate issues resulting in mass oppression of plurals around the globe. And rather than fight that, anti-endos are only interested in punching down and hurting minorities within the plural community.
Black Arachnia is also fascinating to me. So much of her personality in the show is based on her knowledge of how people perceive her, and what she does in response to that. She's got body issues which i mean hey samesies. She tries harder as a Decepticon scientist, which I don't think she had any interest in science before Arachna 9? The way her frame reformat changes her psychology is interesting as hell. Especially since, in TFA, the frame based functionalism is strong as hell. You can see it in how they associate flight frames with Decepticons, how they treat Bulkhead's size, a lot of Bumblebee's interactions and his need to prove himself, and Black Arachnia is the strongest example of this tbh tbh. She was willing to work with Meltdown, fucking Meltdown who has a great history of being very technophobic, despite all the red flags. She was willing to do anything to go back to her original form... and I often find myself wondering what would've happened if she was able to achieve that.
The autobots wouldn't have taken her back. Most of the autobots full well think she's dead, and there's a chance they might up think she's a terrorcon if she got back on Cybertron. If that doesn't happen, they'd toss her in the stockades for being a former Decepticon. Hell... as much as she says the Decepticons were willing to take Black Arachnia in, we see that they still didn't treat her with full dignity. It's why I think she never went back even after arriving on Earth. She was technoorganic first, a former autobot second, a scientist third, and a person last. Not gonna get into the sociology of the tfa Decepticon hierarchy and social norms right now. For all intents and purposes, she's a rogue. She probably got somewhat attached to the dinobots because they accepted her immediately (... and ykw I can see many of the— terrans yes I'm going to call the mecha created on earth terrans sue me— could've been treated as technoorganic-adjacent.) But even then, she still looks at them through the lens of how useful they are. Which again again is thanks to the rampant functionalism in tfa. Both the autobots and Decepticons look at things in terms of "now how useful are you to us, and your usefulness will determine your worth) which pits is how IRL Functionalism in humans work as frag that's exactly where Transformers as a franchise got it from. IDWG1 has a lot of sociology and psychology inspiration from Jro's own fascination with it.
Anyways Black Arachnia, like many mecha in this series, is ultimately a cool example of people being a result of their environment. And she's a major mood thanks to this
Okay, so you know how search engine results on most popular topics have become useless because the top results are cluttered with page after page of machine-generated gibberish designed to trick people into clicking in so it can harvest their ad views?
And you know how the data sets that are used to train these gibberish-generating AIs are themselves typically machine-generated, via web scrapers using keyword recognition to sort text lifted from wiki articles and blog posts into topical subsets?
Well, today I discovered – quite by accident – that the training-data-gathering robots apparently cannot tell the difference between wiki articles about pop-psych personality typologies (e.g., Myers-Briggs type indicators, etc.) and wiki articles about Homestuck classpects.
The upshot is that when a bot that's been trained on the resulting data sets is instructed to write fake mental health resource articles, sometimes it will start telling you about Homestuck.
I talk to many people who say things like "oh I have trauma but I don't have PTSD", but then when I talk to them a little more I realize that they most likely do, they just can't recognize it as such due to how lacking PTSD awareness is, even beyond the whole "it's not just a veteran's disorder" thing.
The main reason they think they don't have PTSD usually has to do with flashbacks and nightmares, either they have one but not the other or have neither. But here's the thing, those are only two symptoms out of the 23-odd recognized symptoms. Flashbacks and nightmares are two of the five symptoms under Criterion B (Intrusion), which you only need one of for a diagnosis. The other three symptoms are unwanted upsetting memories, emotional distress after being reminded of trauma and physical reactivity after being reminded of trauma (i.e. shaking, sweating, heart racing, feeling sick, nauseous or faint, etc). Therefore you can have both flashbacks and nightmares, one but not the other, or neither and still have PTSD.
In fact, a lot of the reasons people give me for why they don't think they have PTSD are literally a part of the diagnostic criteria.
"Oh, I can barely remember most parts of my trauma anyway." Criterion D (Negative Alterations in Cognition and Mood) includes inability to recall key features of the trauma.
"Oh but I don't get upset about my trauma that often because I avoid thinking of it or being around things that remind me of it most of the time." Criterion C (Avoidance) includes avoiding trauma-related thoughts or feelings and avoiding trauma-related external reminders, and you literally cannot get diagnosed if you don't have at least one of those two symptoms.
"Oh I just have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, but I don't have nightmares." Criterion E (Alterations in Arousal and Reactivity) includes difficulting sleeping outside of nightmares.
"But I didn't have many/any trauma symptoms until a long time after the trauma happened." There's literally an entire specification for that.
Really it just shows how despite being one of the most well-known mental illnesses, people really don't know much about PTSD. If you have trauma, I ask you to at least look at the criteria before you decide you don't have PTSD. Hell, even if you don't have trauma, look at the criteria anyway because there are so many symptoms in there that just are not talked about.
PTSD awareness is not just about flashbacks and nightmares.
"Good heavens, potatoes are worth more than gold!"
"If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what would you prefer, a bag of potatoes or a bag of gold?"
"Yes, but a desert island isn't Ankh-Morpork!"
"And that proves gold is only valuable because we agree it is, right? It's just a dream. But a potato is always worth a potato, anywhere. Add a knob of butter and a pinch of salt and you've got a meal, anywhere. Bury gold in the ground and you'll be worrying about thieves forever. Bury a potato and in due season you could be looking at a dividend of a thousand percent."