Parents' Guide to

Diagnosis

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sometimes-graphic medical mystery docu can be healing.

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One of the least talked about side-effects of being sick is the loneliness and desperation that can accompany it, which this series respectfully understands. Everyone wants to feel good and be healthy, but there can be many roadblocks to good health, including personal, medical and financial ones. Often, the longer someone is suffering with a form of illness, the more that loneliness or desperation increases, and for people with chronic illnesses that are difficult to classify, like those featured on Diagnosis, the emotional strain can be enormous.

The medical mystery aspect of the show can be compelling, but the most powerful part of Diagnosis is seeing people with chronic illness and their families discover that there people throughout the world that are eager to help them, whether with medical expertise, shared experience, or just compassion and community. The show's brand of entertainment might not be for everyone, but for some viewers, seeing sick people instilled with hope might be a revelation.

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