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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If so, you might have cyberchondria which, like other forms of anxiety, can also cause physical symptoms, including palpitations, headaches and poor sleep patterns.
The Kluwer survey, "Consumers Show High Degree of Trust in Online Health Information, Report Success in Self-Diagnosis," found that only 4% of consumers claimed to experience cyberchondria.
WHEN you have an unfounded anxiety concerning your health, brought about by your constant visits to medical websites, you could be suffering from cyberchondria.
As we increasingly turn to PCs rather than GPs for diagnosis, a new trend's been identified: cyberchondria.
There's also Basorexia, which is a sudden urge to kiss someone, and Cyberchondria - anxiety about symptoms of an illness fuelled by internet research.
Over the years, I've made no secret of the fact that I suffer from the crippling modern-day ailment of 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.
Cyberchondria is the name for people attempting to diagnose athlete's foot online and coming away convinced they have a nasty case of plague.
But as we increasingly turn to computers rather than our GPs for diagnosis, a new trend has been identified - cyberchondria.