History Main / InformedSelfDiagnosis

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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Removed example on the accuracy of self-diagnosis of Asperger's/high-functioning autism and how it's not really being used as an excuse for antisocial/Jerk Ass behavior online. While there's no such thing as notability on TV Tropes, such a claim should still be backed by something more credible than a single blog post.
*** 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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I really don't think an insult video is a useful quote.
-> ''"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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i'm not sure what minor ailment causes 'just a rash', otherwise i'd mention it and make the issue clearer that way
* 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.
7th Jul '15 4:35:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Lost}}'' "Something Nice Back Home," with a twist. Jack knows he has appendicitis, but won't admit it until Juliet calls him on it, at which point he says his appendix hasn't ruptured yet.
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* ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' "Something Nice Back Home," with a twist. Jack knows he has appendicitis, but won't admit it until Juliet calls him on it, at which point he says his appendix hasn't ruptured yet.
25th Jun '15 11:20:00 PM FordPrefect
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* Averted in the ''Series/{{Mash}}'', "Bless you, Hawkeye," when Hawkeye starts sneezing repeatedly and he insists he is alright. When Col. Potter demands an explanation of why he thinks that, Hawkeye simply says "I can tell!" Of course, Col. Potter does not accept that cop-out for a second and orders him relieved of duty at post-op and put to bed. * ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a non-doctor example- the titular InsufferableGenius diagnoses himself [[spoiler: ''after being shot in the chest'' by Watson's fiancÚ Mary. He mentally plays out both evaluating his condition and being advised by mental representations of people he knows- mainly his smug brother Mycroft- to determine that the bullet is still in his body (because it didn't shatter the mirror behind him) and which direction he should fall down in to increase his chances of survival, as well as forcing himself to think of a happy memory (his dog from his childhood) for the same reason.]] This takes about 5 minutes on-screen but in-universe he mentally goes through all of this in about a second. [[spoiler:He later points out that had Mary truly wanted to kill him, she was good enough to make a kill-shot, and its possible he thought of that at the time of being shot too.]]
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* Averted in the ''Series/{{Mash}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Bless you, Hawkeye," when Hawkeye starts sneezing repeatedly and he insists he is alright. When Col. Potter demands an explanation of why he thinks that, Hawkeye simply says "I can tell!" Of course, Col. Potter does not accept that cop-out for a second and orders him relieved of duty at post-op and put to bed. * ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a non-doctor example- the titular InsufferableGenius diagnoses himself [[spoiler: ''after being shot in the chest'' by Watson's fiancÚ Mary. He mentally plays out both evaluating his condition and being advised by mental representations of people he knows- mainly his smug brother Mycroft- to determine that the bullet is still in his body (because it didn't shatter the mirror behind him) and which direction he should fall down in to increase his chances of survival, as well as forcing himself to think of a happy memory (his dog from his childhood) for the same reason.]] This takes about 5 minutes on-screen but in-universe he mentally goes through all of this in about a second. [[spoiler:He later points out that had Mary truly wanted to kill him, she was good enough to make a kill-shot, and its it's possible he thought of that at the time of being shot too.]]
7th Apr '15 6:12:25 PM nombretomado
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* Done in ''DocMartin'' with the "gets it wrong" variant of this trope. Dr Dibbs self-diagnosis almost kills her before Martin manages to correct it. Martin's Aunt Ruth diagnoses herself with a terminal illness, listing all the symptoms, but thankfully Martin is on hand to point a couple of symptoms she's missed which means he has to break the [[SarcasmMode bad news that she is going to live]] as she has something totally different.
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* Done in ''DocMartin'' ''Series/DocMartin'' with the "gets it wrong" variant of this trope. Dr Dibbs self-diagnosis almost kills her before Martin manages to correct it. Martin's Aunt Ruth diagnoses herself with a terminal illness, listing all the symptoms, but thankfully Martin is on hand to point a couple of symptoms she's missed which means he has to break the [[SarcasmMode bad news that she is going to live]] as she has something totally different.
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