The Problem with Self Diagnosis in Mental Health

The controversy about the validity of self diagnosis in mental health seems to be burning brighter than ever as of late, undoubtedly connected to the current cultural moment (COVID-19, white people responding to the amplification of racism and police brutality, the U.S. election, and staggering social and economic crises, to name a few). I would like to make a few caveats before we jump into this dialogue.