I have a friend who suffered aneurysm three years ago. It took her awhile to be able to perform everyday mundane activities that we all take for granted. She had to learn how to hold silverware, how to comb her hair, things like that.
Since this happened to her, she has become a bit of a hypocondriac. I totally understand why she thinks she has some of things she diagnoses herself with. We have all learned how to be understanding, patient, and supportive of her.
Recently, she is diagnosing her two children with various illnesses. In the last four months, she has claimed her older DD to have diabetes, skin cancer, and autism. She suspects Her younger DD of having cancer, hearing loss, food allergies, and celiacs disease. Her children are very healthy and have been tested to appease her for some of these illnesses. All clear for both girls.
Now her friends and DH fear that she suffers from Munchesan Syndrome. She diagnoses these girls and attempts to treat them herself.
She is seeing a therapist to alleviate some of her fears and to deal with her self diagnosing. She has been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety to deal with her situation.
I realize sometimes we all may think we have an illness and websites like WebMD and Livestrong don't help with allowing us to self diagnose.
My question is, do you self diagnose or know someone who does or has? Also, do you think self diagnosing in itself is a serious condition that is treatable with therapies and or medications?