MyTherapy is running a three month free trial of their online diagnosis (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) software. This has amused me greatly. Differently Sane has already been playing with it and got “diagnosed” with about thirteen different mental disorders. Robert and I played with it the other day- he got (deep breath): OCD, borderline personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder. He concedes he has features of three of those things (borderline, histrionic and avoidance), but then again, everybody does. It was very amusing scrolling down…down…down and howling while we read the results. Robert has clearly swallowed the DSM-IV. We should just punch him and see what he burps out. “You bastard…don’t you wish you were as wonderful as I? DON’T LEAVE ME! I’m off to wash my hands thirty thousand times”.
Suffice to say, he has never been in psychiatric treatment and it’s unlikely he ever will be. Robert’s diagnosis is, “a bit odd”. I found it interesting it was all personality disorders he got hit with. Is having a personality a disorder?
I was hoping for a gigantic list I could laugh at, but it failed me by only diagnosing me with two things I have been diagnosed with before: bipolar disorder type I (most recent episode hypomanic, which I don’t think is accurate) and avoidant personality disorder (actually, I’m not sure I have been diagnosed with this. A suggestion is not a diagnosis, but it’s in my records somewhere, and if I had to “pick” a PD that most fit me, it would be that one. BECAUSE THAT’S HOW IT WORKS, YEAH?) And I was really honest with it! I was crossing my fingers that it would tell me I was an alcoholic psychopath with schizophrenia and a giant penis.
I think the thing that might be scuppering a lot of people is the, “how much harm does this do” question, as it would have a subjective response. “Severe harm” could be hospitalisation to one person, or to another it could be not going out for a week. It depends, it’s what deviates from normal. That said, Robert clicked “mild or no harm” for most of his and still got spewed on.
Anyway, have a play and we’ll all link arms and storm a mental hospital with the print out results shoved in our pockets. For the love of god, do NOT take the results seriously- it’s an automated computer programme that has the ICD-10 on it, it’s not a substitute for an assessment, and just because it uses the clinical terminology, it doesn’t mean it’s any more worthy of being taken seriously than one of those silly little “what personality disorder are you?” tests that fly around on websites like Livejournal.
I have booked one night away in glorious Broadstairs in Kent in the hope that the fresh coastal air might calm me down and help me sleep for more than a few hours at a time. I’m mentally okay with it, if not somewhat very snappy, but physically, my body is packing in somewhat. C’mon one night’s sleep.