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Stop saying I don't have them. by Snuf-Stamps Stop saying I don't have them. by Snuf-Stamps
I get really really annoyed by stamps saying 'you don't have aspergers' because you know what? I do have it! surprise surprise.
I know these stamps are aimed at people that self diagnose or see one or three symptoms they relate to and then are convinced they have it.
That's why I made this stamp, to give people a chance to not be judged as someone claiming to have a certain disorder.
All my disorders are real, and I struggle with them. They're a huge part of my life so I refuse to not talk about them.
It's impossible for me to never mention my disorders because they are a huge influence on my art as well.
I am open about my conditions! I am open about them to fight against the stigma.
My disorders are only ever portrayed with incorrect stereotypes by media. How can I fight against that if I should not talk about my conditions?
I understand that not all people care about my diagnosis and they do not need to care! They have all right to just ignore me.
I have all right to talk about them and put them into my art.
If that makes me a 'special snowflake' so f*cking be it. I never used my disorders as an excuse.
I may have given polite explanations as to why certain things are more difficult for me or why certain things are harder for me.
But those were valid reasons. If I get extremely tired from social interaction that is not an excuse or me trying to be special.
That is a symptom I am allowed to mention so that people can understand my behavior.
If you think I enjoy telling people about my disorders that says more about you than it says about me.

Please favourite it if you plan to use it. Thank you in advance!
Stamps (c) Snuf-Stamps a.k.a. Shark-Hive
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Cobalt-Earl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Student Filmographer
softbabe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
// claps in the distance
Schizo-Of-Destiny Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here, but with moderate severe depression instead of asperger's (even though I was diagnosed for that multiple times too, hahah).
Thank you for making this stamp. :)
PastelBlue00 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Student General Artist
The description had me laughing. Not because you were annoyed, but because I actually have aspergers...
FelisLupus Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tfw you have a therapist named Dr. Seuss.
JediKnightVaporeon Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Most have no idea that pretending to have disorders or mental illnesses so they can get special treatment actually insults those who do have them.
RollingEevee Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! I love this! I hate it when people self-diagnose themselves based on stereotypes, without doing any real research, and then throw it in everyones faces like it's cool. >.< Why can't they consider the possibility that it's extremely offensive to people who have been actually diagnosed?
ZillDrake42 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student General Artist
is it okay if I hug u :3
starthezorua Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist
I hate when people say "I think I might have ADHD" okay then go though years of trying to figure out your disorder and come back to me!
I have ADD and have been diagnosed for many years now. Whenever I tell them I have ADD. They don't believe me or say "but I can't see anything wrong with you" that's because you aren't in my brian!!

I always support people with a true diagnosis.
RosaChoros Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
When they say that you should get all honey-voiced on them and go "Oh no, hun... I think you may have something wrong with your eyes.. oh dear, come give me a hug ;-;"
starthezorua Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist
I'll do that next time :) *hugs*
Sp00kySkelly Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel. I was diagnosed with autism, anxiety, dyslexia, and ADHD. People are always saying I'm straight out lying that I have these, since 'UR READING THIS PAGE SO U BE LYING', when they don't get the huge burden from having these disorders.
OKiMMii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm starting to think everyone has a disorder.
SiIent-AngeI Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure, but I think I read somewhere that about 1 in every 3 people have some form of disorder. ;w;
Breadyy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ltty-bitty Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Things like this honestly scare me, truth be told.
Because I grew up afraid to say I have depression or feel different because I wasn't properly diagnosed and well, I felt people would always go
And well, without a diagnosis I felt like I didn't have the right to use words like anxiety attack or depressed or anything. 
Im //afraid// to be told "yes you have this disorder that make you feel this way-" I honestly don't know why but I feel like if I go and be confirmed of these things it will change me 
Though, I could use the medicine to possibly feel better but I would hope I can slowly cope with how I feel and regulate my emotions.
b-o-r-z-o-i-i Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
a lot of people, including my own girlfriend, used to say that ADHD wasnt real. but i started realizing ADHD is the thing that was preventing me from doing art, and it was effectively ruining my life (yes, i am so unable to focus that i never get any big artwork done. i have no work i can really be proud of. i quit everything before it's finished and can't  sit still. its NOT normal, it IS a mental illness)
and i went to a therapist and a doctor, both of whom diagnosed me with combined type ADHD and i'll be taking medicine soon. im usually a very open person, but that ends where my mental illness begins. im not really comfortable just talking about it, and i never use it as an excuse, but sometimes i just don't get things done because of it and i have to tell the truth.
so if you're one of those people who "doesn't believe in ADHD", then i believe i have a right to say "fuck you, and i hope you step on a lego" C':
General-Palladium Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   General Artist
Thanks... thanks a lot for that stamp. I have PTSD and Depression, and it ruins my life on a daily basis. Yet, most people tell me to just "be positive" or, worse, call me an attention whore...
Sugary-Stardust Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Not entirely related, but I HATE all of the "DIABEETUS" jokes going around. I'm type 1 diabetic and was diagnosed as such; seems like most people only know about type 2, which is so vastly different that it's under consideration to give it a different name! I know it's not meant to be harmful at all, but it's so annoying when people say, "This is so sweet, it gave me diabetes!" I guess largely because it reminds me that I actually have it, the worse version, and how much it sucks. :/
KomaedaKitten Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you ;3; It is so tiring to constantly be told I don't have my mental illnesses because they are so commonly seen listed among people that self-diagnose. So no one takes my seriously... ;3;
TatsukiOtaku Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Growing up, I was a total pain in the ass for everyone because of my ADHD.
I used to get scolded by teachers and family and whenever my mom thold them about my disorder, which was diagnosed when I was a toddler, they never believed me :/

I get kinda offended when people say "op, im so adhd/add" because they noticed something off topic..
It's a little more than that XD
it made and has made fitting in and learning very difficult for me and others I'm sure.

great stamp, insta-faveee
Aerodil Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Finally! Thank you for this stamp! I told my friends that I have it, and at first they agreed that I did then swore I don't even though I was diagnosed. 
szpilmaus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes thank you! I know this is aimed towards mental illness, but I feel like I relate even though I'm chronically ill. :) I'll get a lot of people saying "are you sure you're that sick? You don't LOOK sick!"
sick doesn't have a look
'scuse u
brainyandthepink Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hell. Yes.

I've been diagnosed with Aspergers, complex PTSD, GAD, bipolar I, BPD, social anxiety, and an addiction to self-harm...yet people think I'm faking it. umm .__.
OASlS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I'm okay with self diagnoses as long as they have done the research ( not just an online quiz, though I'm sure nearly no one does that ) and dont have access to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
I myself haven't had access at all lately, so I think I may have BPD because I have done lots of research and nearly every symptom fits me. I'm not exactly sure, and won't say I have it yet because I will soon have access to a councelor and possibly a psychiatrist or psychologist. In most cases ( though not all ) , the people who self diagnose with lots of disorders  are ussually trolls, or havent done much research.
MinionPox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I've had ADHD all of my life. Heck, even before I was even BORN my Mom suspected some ADHD going on in my fetus. I have a severe case of ADHD, and crap is it valid.
INT0TH3A11IGAT0RSKY Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fucking hell. People say to me : Oh you don't seem autistic! Haha cry baby! Mental. and many more things. Some person said that i was just using it as a excuse and it's made up. I was diagnosed by a REAL doctor not those stupid online quiz things. Christ
BirbinSpace Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(Does it count if my mom used to be a phycologist? All of my other disorders were diagnosed by doctors, but my mom used to be one, so I was wondering that if she diagnosed me with something, it would count.)

Thanks for making this stamp. Thanks times a thousand! ^^
nikkissippi121 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU. I'm in the same boat. I've been diagnosed with Asperger's (which even my mom refuses to believe I have), ADHD, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder, plus Chronic Lyme Disease which, while not a mental disorder, causes lots of problems, too. I know it's a lot, which is why people get suspicious, but really, what would be the point of lying? The last thing I need is MORE problems. :\
h0neytrap Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
right. there are too many kids who think listing off a bunch of disorders they have (that are probably all incorrectly self-diagnosed) somehow makes them cool or seems trendy even, but doing so marginalizes actual sufferers :/

I was diagnosed with OCD tendencies (and other things) but I hate to ever mention it (if I do I feel the need to stress that I was actually diagnosed) because people throw the term around all the time frivolously! it's like, I sometimes feel the need to organize things, I'm so OCD! no, no you aren't...
Green-Roc Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire this stamp and especially your description. In so many ways I can relate (I am diagnosed, officially). How many times have people questioned my choices, and then I say "I have Aspergers" and they immediately respond with "don't use your Aspergers as an excuse", as if following some of their ideas they had before they met me. Makes me angry every time I hear that. I NEVER intend to excuse myself, but rather, 'explain' why I did not (or did the thing I did).

It wasn't like I was doing anything wrong, I was just being 'different', as I commonly do things in a way that is unexpected by the majority of the public (always choosing what I feel is right, and never choosing maliciousness). If only more people were understanding of that.

'Fight against the Stigma' I was looking for a stamp that said that, and came across this stamp. Nice stamp, thank you.
haruchannanase Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My parents suspect I have autism (they have all my life), and I'm going to get a diagnosis sometime in the future.
greenpower12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student
XD Omg

Unlike some people, I was diagnosed with ADHD in a REAL hospital, by a REAL doctor. Not by some dumb online quiz.
PsychoStar1993 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are awesome. I'm gonna use this stamp
Also I agree, it is better for people to know why things have been happen and I understand that it's hard to talk about. But talking is one of the ways that can help.
Also I to have aspergers
Anyway thanks once again for making this awesome stamp 0u0
bearesso Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ;;. I was diagnosed with a really high case of A.D.D. and there's another girl in my school who has A.D.H.D.

I dislike  it when people blame their self diagnosed "A.D.D." on things that they should be listening to or why their homework isn't done. There is a difference between; "I was lazy" and "I have A.D.D.". Unlike the people who claim to have A.D.D. or A.D.H.D., this girl and I actually try our best to focus on what we have to do and to get stuff done.

bows.- But wonderful stamp! Really great job on it. ouo!
KuchikiYorume Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I remember trying to tell someone why I had problems with empathy- telling them about my autism and how it sometimes keeps me from being aware of the feelings of others.
They told me that's not what autism is and that I don't have it.

I hate having to say who I was diagnosed by and actually give a link to to website of the place I was diagnosed and the psychologist in question.
Snuf-Stamps Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I wonder who they were to think they knew so much about autism. I know sometimes symptoms do not immediately make someone autistic, but that does not mean autistic people can't experience the same symptoms due to their autism.
KuchikiYorume Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's kinda lame. People with high-functioning autism like me are often considered "normal" usually. Like people I tell I have autism say "really? I never would have guessed" at least, if they believe me.
It's just I have "sensory overloads" and "rage fits" as I call them, and then people throw up their hands like "you're supposed to be able to deal, you're normal! Why can't you do/handle these things? You're lazy!"
I often describe it as "too different to be normal, but too normal to be different."
Snuf-Stamps Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I experience exactly the same, tho my close family is more considerate they still sometimes simply think I'm lazy.
AerialNavigation Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this omg.

Obviously if someone truly has a disorder it's no less real even when undiagnosed...but there are few things more frustrating than people thinking they understand something and believing they have it when they don't.  Especially when I talk about my own diagnosed disorders with people and they start thinking they have them.  I used to have a friend with no mental illness struggles who liked to say she was getting really bad 'anxiety' or 'thought she was going to have a panic attack' before some test.  Those are legitimate nerves that everyone gets.  Real anxiety is completely irrational and that's one of the things that sucks most about it.  You feel powerless and pathetic because you know full-well that the things you get upset over don't make sense.  :/  And then people get angry with you, which obviously makes it worse.
Snuf-Stamps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I completely know what you mean. I personally never got a diagnosis related to anxiety, but I've suffered a lot from depression and sometimes I experience anxiety attacks and panic attacks (which are honestly terrible to experience, I can't imagine what it's like experiencing them every day!). Isn't it correct that most anxiety attacks lasts for several hours? (at least for me they do) therefor having them before a test would be quite inconvenient.. I'm pretty sure she meant to say she was nervous. While feeling nervous does share some aspects of being anxious, an anxiety attack surely is a whole different thing.
Elyses Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Although I do have disorders that were diagnosed by doctors and such I don't think "it was diagnosed" is a valid "justifying" statement for one reason: doctors don't care about you or your diagnosis - most just write random sh*t so they can drain money from the healthcare. Nothing more and nothing less. Plus, there are a lot suicidal/depressed/anorexic people who do not seek help and thus aren't diagnosed - is their suffering any less real because of this? Even the people who self-diagnose random and completely far-fetched nonsense are most likely crying for help and shouldn't simply be brushed off.
KuchikiYorume Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. So I don't have what I was told I have?
Elyses Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I don't know. And I honestly don't care. I was just saying that it's arrogant to assume that everyone else is healthy just because they are not diagnosed :shrug:
KuchikiYorume Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ohh, I see what you mean. Yes, I agree with you.
Snuf-Stamps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I don;t know about the situation in other countries so I can not deny that there might be healthcare systems based solely on receiving money. In my country healthcare is given a stable income that is not raised depending on the amount of diagnosed patients, therefor they would not benefit from diagnosing many people. Everyone also pretty much has an insurance so nobody needs to pay large fines for operations. I've once seen a documentary on the healthcare in the U.S. and I was appalled, but since I do not live there I don;t know whether it's truly like that. Therefor I disagree with your statement that doctors in general give diagnoses to gain money. Here, at least, they don't.

I will copy paste an earlier reply:
I think that you can never now for sure whether you suffer from a specific disorder because different disorders often share symptoms. When diagnosing your blood is tested as well, symptoms might have a physical cause. Also in order to receive medication I think you should have been diagnosed by someone who studied in the field, since medication is dangerous in the hands of people that don't need it. I'm not claiming you do not suffer from the things you think you suffer from (since when it comes to symptoms, they remain the same, whether you have a label to understand what causes the symptoms does not really change the symptoms themselves), I think all eventually diagnosed people often suspect they have something, then go to the doctor to get it confirmed, that's how it works most of the time (unless symptoms are too confusing to figure out). I don't promote self diagnosing for this reason, you can never be too sure of yourself and you'll need a second opinion and someone to rule out other potential options you might not have known existed in the first place.

The stamp mainly points towards self diagnosing in areas that are not as easily diagnosed. Being suicidal is a piece of cake to know about yourself (and actually, 'suicidal' is not even a diagnosis). What I said is that symptoms are real, always. But symptoms can have different causes, and therefor it is wise to have someone look at them and rule out other possible disorders/illnesses. The flu and cancer share the same symptoms, but they are entirely different conditions, obviously.
Elyses Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Actually, suicidal is encrypted in ICD10 and thus a diagnosis…
Snuf-Stamps Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
They may record data of suicides, but that does not make 'suicidal' a disorder, it's merely a symptom, or so I've learned.
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this. I've gotten bullied and harassed often on DeviantArt, and I want people to know me before they judge me.
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