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4th Jun '16 11:41:40 AM R1ck
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* In nations which lack universal healthcare, such as TheUnitedStates [[TakeThat and the rest of the Third World]], diagnostic tests are often A: rather costly, and B: specifically '''ex'''cluded from insurance coverage. For that reason, telling such patients that self-diagnosis doesn't count will most-likely be [[{{Understatement}} met with]] [[BlatantLies polite]] [[BerserkButton skepticism]]. [[RantInducingSlight Admonish at your own risk]].
4th Jun '16 11:40:32 AM R1ck
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*** TVTropes.org: Saving Lives through proper education of self-diagnosis!
4th Jun '16 11:35:33 AM R1ck
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Most people, when they fall ill, will only describe their symptoms in general terms ("My stomach hurts", "I think I'm going to throw up", "[[SneezeOfDoom AAA-CHOO!]]" etc.) This makes sense - most of us don't have that much medical knowledge, no matter how many doctors / [[MoralGuardians Daily Mail readers]] think we're all self-medicating with [[NewMediaAreEvil bootleg drugs bought online]].

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Most people, when they fall ill, will only describe their symptoms in general terms ("My stomach hurts", "I think I'm going to throw up", "[[SneezeOfDoom AAA-CHOO!]]" etc.) This makes sense - most of us don't have that much medical knowledge, no matter how many doctors / [[MoralGuardians Daily Mail readers]] think we're all self-medicating with [[NewMediaAreEvil bootleg drugs bought online]].knowledge and can only use vague terms to talk about the complex things happening to us.
21st Dec '15 8:17:07 AM Prioris
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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Dirty Little Secret'', Maura accurately diagnoses what is wrong with her injured leg and then talks Jane through what she has to do in order to relieve the pressure so she won't lose the leg.

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Dirty Little Secret'', Maura accurately diagnoses what is wrong with able to ascertain that her injured leg is developing compartment syndrome, and then talks Jane through what she has to do in order to relieve the pressure so she won't lose the leg.performing an emergency fasciotomy with a piece of glass from a broken cellphone screen.



** Being able to self-diagnosis a heart attack is another big one, as they are almost never as big and dramatic as they look on TV.

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** Being able to self-diagnosis self-diagnose a heart attack is another big one, as they are almost never [[HollywoodHeartAttack as big and dramatic as they look on TV.]] For every classic "elephant on the chest," there are scores of "it's just heartburn/pulled back/something I ate."
12th Nov '15 2:59:40 PM eroock
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See also AFoolForAClient, the equivalent trope for lawyers.

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See also AFoolForAClient, the equivalent trope for lawyers. Compare DiagnosisFromDrBadass.
29th Oct '15 12:34:31 AM BattleMaster
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*** There's also the stereotype that people use self-diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome as an excuse to be a jerk. In reality, it's very rare to see a person with self-diagnosed AS being a jerk online (though being socially naive and misinterpreted is pretty common), and what little research anyone has done on the issue suggests that most self-diagnosed AS people [[http://abnormaldiversity.blogspot.ca/2011/08/accuracy-of-autism-self-diagnosis.html probably do have the condition]].
26th Sep '15 2:33:04 PM emeriin
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-> ''"Do you worry about tests sometimes? You have '''ANXIETY DISORDER!''' Do you touch the doorknob before opening doors? Then you've got '''CRIPPLING OCD!''' Do you sometimes itch yourself in public? Then it looks like you're '''TURNING INTO A WOLF!'''"''
-->-- ''WebAnimation/WelcomeTo Website/{{Tumblr}}!''
26th Sep '15 2:10:31 PM billybobfred
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* The website [=WebMD=] has, [[WatchItForTheMeme among other things]], a library of symptoms and diseases that cause them. It is infamous for supposedly getting tons of traffic from morons who self-diagnose themselves.

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* The website [=WebMD=] has, [[WatchItForTheMeme among other things]], a library of symptoms and diseases that cause them. It is infamous for supposedly getting tons of traffic from morons who self-diagnose themselves.panicked self-diagnosers. The main issue is that it only tells you what ailments go with what symptoms, and leaves out the "minor" detail of frequency. That rash that could be skin cancer is [[OccamsRazor probably just a rash]].
23rd Aug '15 3:24:26 PM BlueGuy
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-> ''"Do you worry about tests sometimes? You have '''ANXIETY DISORDER!''' Do you touch the doorknob before opening doors? Then you've got '''CRIPPLING OCD!''' Do you sometimes itch yourself in public? Then it looks like you're '''TURNING INTO A WOLF!'''"''
-->-- ''WebAnimation/WelcomeTo Website/{{Tumblr}}!''
29th Jul '15 5:15:17 PM Folamh3
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* Hypochondriacs tend to assume they're doing this.
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