In this week’s part two on the medicalization of disability, Harper and Shruti discuss diagnosis. They dive into the difficulties disabled people often have getting diagnoses, the problems with the gatekeeping and lack of intersectionality within diagnostic systems, and the negative impact it all has on real-life people—especially those who go through it in childhood.

Harper shares her four experiences of diagnosis—her elementary school dyslexia diagnosis, her ten-year journey towards a late autism diagnosis, her college arthritis diagnosis, and her current search for answers about her dysautonomia and chronic pain. Through these stories, Harper opens up about how growing up feeling like a mystery and not being believed has shaped her self-concept.

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Originally published as Ep. 18 - The Medicalization of Disability, Part 2: Diagnosis at The Disabled Standard

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