The Pitfalls of Self-Diagnosis: TikTok Diagnosis -The Therapist Mom Show (Ep. 2)

In the digital age, self-diagnosis has become increasingly prevalent, thanks in part to the vast wealth of medical information available online. This phenomenon offers both opportunities and challenges, making it a topic ripe for exploration. This week Dr. Jodi discussed the pitfalls of diagnosing yourself with problems. On one hand, self-diagnosis empowers individuals to take control of their health, offering a sense of agency and autonomy that might otherwise be lacking. It provides a means for those without easy access to healthcare professionals to gain insight into their symptoms and potential conditions, particularly in situations where seeking professional help might be stigmatized or difficult. However, there is a downside…

The practice of self-diagnosis isn’t without its drawbacks. Here are some concerns Dr. Jodi will mention on the show: Inaccuracy, exaggeration, doom scrolling, feeling different, labeling oneself, and negative identity conclusions. There’s also the risk that self-diagnosis might offer false reassurance, leading individuals to delay seeking professional help and thereby worsening their conditions. 

To navigate the complexities of self-diagnosis responsibly, it’s crucial to emphasize the importance of using reliable sources and seeking professional guidance when needed. Ultimately, while self-diagnosis can be a valuable tool in promoting health awareness and empowerment, it’s essential to strike a balance between self-reliance and seeking expert advice when necessary. By fostering a culture of informed decision-making and responsible health management, we can harness the benefits of self-diagnosis while minimizing its potential pitfalls.

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About Dr. Jodi: 

Jodi Aman is a doctor of social work with 28 years of experience in clinical practice. She helps clients heal from trauma, understand the world, and reclaim confidence in themselves. She created COMPASS, an emotional wellness curriculum for middle and high school health classes designed to mitigate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

You can find her live-streamed show, Therapist Mom, on her YouTube channel @doctorjodi, where she discusses topics unique to Generation Z. Also, watch her TEDx Wilmington talk, “Calm Anxious Kids,” and read her award-winning book, Anxiety… I’m So Done with You! to learn how to understand and reverse the current mental health crisis. More about Jodi


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