A teenager proclaiming she or he has insomnia after one night of staying up late on their phones is actually a big problem in society. Small events and actions like these demean the true issue of mental disorders and illnesses. People are suffering from depression and anxiety but there are people out there who behave as if having OCD and Bipolar Disorder is a joke. Far too often are school hallways filled with statements that make it seem as if having social anxiety is something as small as stage fright or hormonal mood swings, which are natural for a growing teenager, are something as serious as Bipolar Disorder. Teenagers do have problems falling asleep and do deal with stress just like everyone else, but when someone proclaims they have ADHD or constant panic attacks without proper diagnosis from a real doctor, society begins drifting towards ignorance instead of advancement in treating and caring for patients suffering from mental disorders. Society is accepting the dreadful trend of self-diagnosing as a way of life and this is harmful to those who are actually battling and suffering from these disorders. The large amount of people that are self-diagnosing is leading to dismissing actual cases where the person is dealing with a mental disorder because parents and loved ones will think they are just “doing it for attention.” Pretending one’s mind has insomnia or insisting that cleanliness is OCD sends a message to those who really can’t control their impulses when triggered, and the message is loud and clear in stating that these illnesses of the mind are a choice and can be cured whenever the patient chooses to do so. Mental disorders cannot simply go away overnight. Having symptoms that are alarming to someone can be discussed with a doctor to make sure that person gets the aid needed, but self-diagnosing is not going to help anyone get anywhere.