cyberchondria


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cyberchondria

(CYBER hypoCHONDRIA) A condition that people have when they continuously look up medical advice on the Web for every pain and ache. There is so much medical information available, and it is so easy to jump from one article to another that one can easily find a horrid disease for every symptom. See information overload.
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ONLINE ANXIETY Shari Low, who has diagnosed herself with a crippling new condition called cyberchondria
Although cyberchondria is not a medical term, obsessive searching for symptoms online is a form of 'health anxiety', the umbrella term for conditions like hypochondria.
But as we increasingly turn to computers rather than our GPs for diagnosis, a new trend has been identified - cyberchondria.
The problem is compounded by my developing cyberchondria, which is a particularly 21st century-type of an affliction, referring as it does to the inflation of worries about your state of health based on material you have dredged up online.
Well, in that case, you're one of the rising number of sufferers with cyberchondria, according to researchers.
Cyberchondria is the name for people attempting to diagnose athlete's foot online and coming away convinced they have a nasty case of plague.