A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Many positive messages around the topic of illness, including how community -- medical and otherwise -- can give hope and support to those in dire situations.
Positive Role Models
This series shows many medical professionals who approach their jobs with hope, empathy, and trust for their patients -- which is something that not everyone experiences when dealing with illness.
Interviews can occasionally feature some profanity: "a--hole," "s--t," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diagnosis is a medical documentary show about people suffering with rare illnesses that disrupt their day-to-day lives. Subjects are adults, teens, and young children, and their symptoms can often be jarring -- seizures, vomiting, bleeding, etc. The format is like a medical detective show, where the host, Dr. Lisa Sanders, uses her column in the New York Times to solicit potential diagnoses and they are cross-checked by doctors until a satisfactory diagnosis and treatment plan is found. The subject matter may be complex for those who have never experienced or been around chronic illness, but for those who have it might be illuminating, both in terms of seeing how difficult navigating medicine can be and seeing how much support is available outside of one's own community.
Is It Any Good?
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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