Knowing the Ten Commandments for Self-Diagnosis
Making an assessment and initial diagnosis of your health symptoms with the aim of forming a sensible ‘management plan’ often comes down to basic principles. Bear the following ‘commandments’ in mind when dealing with your medical problems:
Acquire some basic first aid skills.
Appreciate the limitations of self-diagnosis.
Check reliable websites on the Internet for additional information.
Choose medical services wisely.
Try to think of any obvious causes that may be responsible for your health problem.
Know your way around your body.
Look for additional clues to help when self-diagnosing.
Remember that children aren’t small adults as regards medical symptoms.
Self-treat when appropriate.
Understand that mental problems can cause physical symptoms.