So why are more and more of us becoming cyberchondriacs
Dr Brooks doesn't believe we're a nation of cyberchondriacs
You will listen sympathetically to all 3465 possibilities that your cyberchondriac
friend has come up with after googling a minor ache or pain.
I think I became a bit of a 'cyberchondriac
', googling everything that might be wrong with me at every stage.
Being a con rmed cyberchondriac
, I looked these ailments up on the internet and discovered that the most common causes are gymnastics and obesity.
When he told his GP of his fears, Gary claims he was dismissed as a "cyberchondriac
My name is Shari Low - and I'm a Nomophobe, a Technophobe, a Cyberchondriac
and prone to sudden bursts of Catastrophising and Mumnesia.
Melissa, who has now recovered, describes her days as a cyberchondriac
: "I'd convinced myself I had a neurological disorder and got myself absolutely terrified, especially with all the information I found on the net.
And sadly, I'm not just a hypochondriac, I'm also the modern version - a cyberchondriac
- so next step is to log on to one of the self-diagnostic sites on the internet.
They've got some modern goodies in this new publication, including "mouse potato" - someone who spends a large part of their leisure time using a computer - and "cyberchondriac
" - somebody who, having consulted a medical self-diagnosis site on the internet, goes to a doctor complaining of an ailment they have convinced themselves they're suffering from.
Melissa is physically perfectly healthy - but at the age of 30, she was the world's first cyberchondriac
There are plenty of licensed, board certified doctors using the internet to help patients, but there may be more information than a person can handle, which has led to some people becoming "cyberchondriacs
." Instead of self-diagnosis via Google, seek out a medical professional if you feel like something is wrong.