has been around for almost a decade, but in the last couple of years, the numbers are growing very rapidly."
On the one hand, having a wealth of health information at our fingertips can mean we're more clued up than ever before - but experts say it's contributing to "cyberchondria
EVERYONE gets the odd ache and pain now and again, but if you constantly turn to the internet for a diagnosis you could actually be suffering from a type of mental illness - cyberchondria
Dr Fergus says this growing "cyberchondria
" is an obsession that can be harmful.
The literature is inconclusive about the extent of cyberchondria
. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), cyberchondria
is on the rise ("Cyberchondria
: The One Diagnosis Patients Miss," Christine S.
But despite the dubiousness of such apparent mass "cyberchondria
", the highly respected Pew Research Centre says phone surveys do not support "the oft expressed fear that patients are using the internet to self-diagnose and self-medicate without reference to medical professionals.
The loss of an almost flawless right calf to a burn mark, two abscesses, and weirdly permanent mosquito bites, as well as the loss of productivity and cheer for almost three weeks because of malaria, paratyphoid C, allergies and respiratory troubles, and another bout of malaria, were more worrisome, not just leaving me with a weaker body but also afflicting me with cyberchondria
. But the deepest wound of all, the cause of my frustration today and an almost-permanent pessimism, is the in-your-face inefficiency and everyday corruption.
WHEN you have an unfounded anxiety concerning your health, brought about by your constant visits to medical websites, you could be suffering from cyberchondria
This, arguably, not only--or not so much--provided relief through knowledge, but, conversely--like today's internet-facilitated 'Cyberchondria
As we increasingly turn to PCs rather than GPs for diagnosis, a new trend's been identified: cyberchondria
Doctors blame the wealth of web-based information for a rise in 'cyberchondria
' and claim scores of patients are heeding poor or mistaken advice.