is not a medical term, obsessive searching for symptoms online is a form of 'health anxiety', the umbrella term for conditions like hypochondria.
ONLINE ANXIETY Shari Low, who has diagnosed herself with a crippling new condition called cyberchondria
Well, in that case, you're one of the rising number of sufferers with cyberchondria, according to researchers.
They described cyberchondria as "unfounded increases in health anxiety based on the review of web content.
Just to make it even more complicated, my technophobia sometimes teams up with both the excessive worrying and the cyberchondria
This has led to a new phenomenon, cyberchondria
- a high-tech version of old-fashioned hypochondria, where sufferers search for their symptoms on the web then worry themselves silly, thinking - usually wrongly - that they have a serious illness.
Hypochondria, the excessive fear of illness, has now been overtaken by cyberchondria - the same fear made much worse, fuelled by volumes of easily-accessible material available on the Internet.
Dr Paul Cundy is chairman of the British Medical Association's GP information technology sub-committee, which last month issued the first set of UK guidelines on cyberchondria and Internet medicine in general.
Symptoms of cyberchondria
include going online several times a day for medical information, fitting your supposed symptoms to new information you find, and letting other aspects of your life - relationships and work - suffer because of your online time.