There is a wealth of health information online these days which can be useful and it can also be harmful. People misinterpret their lives and how they are feeling all the time and tend to self-diagnose. Here are 8 disorders that are most commonly misrepresented and what their real symptoms are:
1. ADHD: It seems like every child that goes to the doctor is coming out with a diagnosis of ADHD these days. Plenty of adults seem to think that they have it too. Anytime someone gets the least bit distracted they claim to have ADHD and more often than not, thy don’t.
True symptoms include missed details, severe lack of attention, hard time understanding things, and talking non-stop. You do not have ADHD if you have had one too many coffees.
2. OCD: True OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is very disruptive and often times cannot be controlled. People seem to think that when they are overly organized that they are OCD. Real OCD symptoms can take an hour per day from someone. It’s more than just needing to double check that you turned off the oven.
3. Bipolar: When people have little mood swings they say they are bipolar. Bipolar disorder is a very serious illness. People who truly have bipolar may put their lives and relationships at risk, not to mention jobs and schoolwork as well.
4. Anxiety: We all get a little stressed every now and then over the everyday pressures of life. People who have a true anxiety disorder are prevented from doing normal things like shopping in a crowded market.
5. Migraines: Yes, you have a headache. Is it a migraine? Probably not. Migraines are intense and sometimes frightening. They come along with nausea, sensitivity to light, throbbing pain, and sometimes even fainting.
6. Autism: If you have even one of the many symptoms of Autism people are quick to throw you onto the spectrum. There are many different symptoms and disabilities that go along with someone who is one the spectrum and many tests should be done to determine if someone truly is autistic.
7. Celiac’s: There is a big different between an upset stomach and Celiac’s. The body has a reaction to gluten and the intestines end up inflamed. Patients suffer from diarrhea, nausea, bloating, weight loss, and malnutrition from lack of nutrient absorption.
8. Depression: If you are a little sad, you are not depressed. People who are truly depressed miss out on everyday things like playing with their kids or hanging out with friends. They do not feel the need to get out of bed or do anything that is important in life and these symptoms last for over two weeks.