So I've recently seen a few people use the word "sufferer" to describe themselves having a certain mental disorder. I know that a person thinking that they are suffering a certain disorder may be quite subjective, but their usage is still questionable.
The best exhibit I have for this question is somebody calling themself a "sufferer" of the mental disorder "misophonia". To save you a Google search, basically it means that you become pretty annoyed or even enraged at noises like people chewing ice, people chewing food loudly in general, and et cetera. I too have this disorder (if you can call it that) and I did not relate to the word "sufferer" at all, so I disagreed with the usage (not verbally; I didn't want to start an argument).
To elaborate even more, I will include another example. I have seen people call themselves a "sufferer" of a disorder called "visual snow". Basically, this disorder causes static to cover one's vision in a way almost relatable to TV static (not really). It's very hard to explain and it is rare, but I suggest you Google it because it is interesting. Once again, I too have this disorder and have had it for my entire life. Seeing people describe their experience as "suffering" almost baffle me. I only notice my static if I am in a situation that has solid color (like pitch black or looking at a whiteboard) or if I purposefully pay attention to the static. It never obtrudes life in any way and many who tolerate this disorder will agree that it is not obtrusive.
With all of this I do not understand why one would say they are suffering from a disorder that does not inflict physical, mental, and/or social harm. Each side of health is arguable, as neither of these technically cause harm on either end (referring to a commenter, you becoming enraged and punching a wall is not direct pain from the disorder "misophonia).
So my main question is, after seeing that Google defines the "dated" usage of the word as a "tolerator", would the word "sufferer" be acceptable in cases in which one does not necessarily "suffer" anything? I'll apologize that this question is really subjective and may not have any answer, but really I am just trying to get a consensus. Thank you in advance!