It is unethical for a psychiatrist to diagnosis a person, either private citizen or public figure, without personally examining him. If the psychiatrist has indeed personally examined a person, it is then unethical to make that diagnosis public, or even the fact that the examination occurred, except in some rare exceptional circumstances which would almost certainly include having the examinee’s consent.
The exception would be in legal cases, where the person examined is informed in advance that the examination is not confidential and will be discussed in court. Still, the psychiatrist’s information sharing would be confined to the court, not in the general public.
In other words, a psychiatrist cannot ethically comment on the psychiatric status of any other person if they have not examined them, or if they have examined them.
I don’t know what the rules are for psychologists, but suspect they are about the same. Not my problem.
However, there is no reason that I cannot share my own diagnosis, it’s adult ADHD.
My ADHD causes me a lot of problems in life, with the following symptoms:
Often makes careless mistakes and lacks attention to details
(Examples: overlooking or missing details or handing in work that is inaccurate)
Often has difficulty paying attention to tasks
(Example: difficulty remaining focused during lectures, conversations, or lengthy readings)
Often seems to not listen when spoken to directly
(Example: mind seems elsewhere, even in the absence of obvious distraction)
Often fails to follow through on instructions, chores, or duties in the workplace
(Example: starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily sidetracked)
Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
(Examples: messy, disorganized work; poor time management; fails to meet deadlines)
Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to participate in tasks requiring sustained mental effort, like preparing reports, completing forms, or reviewing lengthy papers
Often easily distracted by other things, including unrelated thoughts
Often acts as if “on the go” or “driven by a motor”
(Example: is unable to be or uncomfortable being still for an extended time, as in meetings or restaurants)
Often talks excessively, blurts out an answer before a question has been fully asked, blurts out inappropriate comments. (Examples: completes people’s sentences; cannot wait for next turn in conversation)
Often interrupts or intrudes on others (Examples: butts into conversations, games, or activities; may start using other people’s things without asking or receiving permission; may intrude into or take over)
Often has difficulty keeping commitments.
Often has trouble getting pictures to show properly on facebook or script to line up right on wordpress.
And this just a sample, I have other symptoms as well.
Adult ADHD affects approximately 4% of the US adult population.
But with strategies, and sometimes medication, we can manage to function. With difficulty.
@ADHD @dougmkpdp #adhd