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One thing I really keep wondering about is the “interfere with or reduce the quality of social, academic, or occupational functioning.” part of the diagnostic criteria.
Because this feels so…subjective. Where does “interfere” begin? How does someone determine if the quality of life is “reduced enough” to warrant a diagnosis? Because what about people who are just really excellent at white-knuckling it? What is the baseline for comparison?
Or in other words, most of what I recognize as symptoms either in the now or in retro-spect have never really “interfered” with my life as in I’ve just accepted them as part of me and my character traits, my idiosyncrasies, and as part of normal life challenges I have to overcome, and then find ways to overcome them.