Self- and Other-Diagnosis in User-Led Mental Health Online Communities

  title={Self- and Other-Diagnosis in User-Led Mental Health Online Communities},
  author={David C. Giles and Julie Newbold},
  journal={Qualitative Health Research},
  pages={419 - 428}
This article consists of a qualitative analysis of discussion forums in online mental health communities whose members routinely write about diagnosis. The analysis concerns the function of diagnosis from the perspective of personal identity, with particular focus on the status of official diagnosis, as well as community members’ discussions of symptoms and psychiatric syndromes that amount to informal diagnosis or consultation. Self-diagnosis sometimes takes the form of recommended “quizzes… 

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