sometimes I worry about the ways that a lack of accessible helpful mental healthcare intersects with personality test culture to create a thing where everyone is dying to self-diagnose based on hearsay because it feels good to see yourself in things

sometimes I worry about the ways that a lack of accessible helpful mental healthcare intersects with personality test culture to create a thing where everyone is dying to self-diagnose based on hearsay because it feels good to see yourself in things

that in turn creates these pockets of people making wide sweeping statements crafted for maximum share-ability rather than anything healing, all making each other more frenzied +unwell over a variable lump of shared attributes that all get linked to the same idea of an illness

the number of people who replied to me like "I love hooks... do I have ADHD!?" was mind boggling. hooks are great for everyone. they aren't a tool specifically for people with ADHD, but I guess? people are desperate to diagnose their imperfections as disorders?

the urge to link every aspect of your personality or thought process to a documented disorder or phenomenon is really scary to me. I'm not funny or nice because I have ADHD. I forget to talk to the people I care about because I have ADHD. I pull my hair out because I have ADHD.

but I would still be a scatterbrain if I didn't have ADHD. I would still be messy. I would still goof off a lot. I would still get overwhelmed and burnt out and not want to do tedious, boring tasks. those are all just normal things.

the idea that the only possibilities preventing you from being a perfect worker/partner/friend with a perfect body and a perfect lifestyle are either moral failings or medical disorders is a cultural sickness.

- LB Hunktears (@hunktears) https://twitter.com/hunktears/status/1384263559815651331


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