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Ep. 115 - Going Off the Rails on a Crazy Train - Self-Diagnoses Tonight’s show is about self-diagnosing one’s own mental health issues, which we have touched on extensively in one of our earliest episodes, Ep. 7 – Armchair Psychology 10-19-16. That episode was mainly addressing laypersons with no training, deciding what pathologies other people had, without any professional qualifications. This time we want to address the same basic issue, but speak to people diagnosing themselves regarding their own mental health, without any input from trained professionals. Since this is more of a social issue than a diagnosable pathology, tonight’s discussion will be less documented, and much more extempore conversation. Another older episode that related to tonight’s discussion is Pathology Chic in 2 parts: Ep 24 – Pathology Chic & Misconceptions Pt. 1 6-28-17 (Hollywood versions), and Ep. 25 - Pathology Chic & Misconceptions Pt. 2 7-12-17 (Real Pathologies). These episodes deal with how various conditions are portrayed in fiction, and what they are really like, which is a critical problem with self-diagnosers who don’t know the differences. Tonight, we will discuss: Self-diagnosis of mental health issues; what it isHow Self-diagnosis can be inaccurate or incompleteHow Self-diagnosis can be harmfulWhy many people still insist on self-diagnosing despite these points : We'll start off the evening with some topic-relevant Classic Rock played by Dr. Mathis, followed by Classic Rock trivia in "The Rock & Roll Shrink Recalls," followed by our topic discussion.