Cyberchondriac


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A person who imagines he/she has a particular disease because his/her symptoms match those listed on an Internet health site
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Still, most cyberchondriacs tend to be younger, better educated and more affluent than the general population.
Cyberchondriacs now represent 84 percent of all online adults, up from last year's 80 percent, and 72 percent in 2005;
The percentage of cyberchondriacs who search online either often or sometimes appears to be rising modestly.
On average, a cyberchondriac searches the Internet almost seven times per month, an increase from five times per month a year ago and three times per month four years ago in 2001.
Melissa is physically perfectly healthy - but at the age of 30, she was the world's first cyberchondriac.
The Harris Poll first used the word Cyberchondriacs to describe these people in 1998, when just over 50 million American adults had ever gone online to look for health information.
Cyberchondriacs and alcohorexics are now easily recognised, and we are apparently heading for Pharmageddon.
The payers, nurse reviewers, cyberchondriacs and their families, trial lawyers, case managers, medical directors, credentialing and performance improvement/peer review bodies, JCAHOs, HCFAs, etc.
By all means surf the net for information but be streetwise, beware of the side effects of this approach, however, start with Google and see what they say about CYBERCHONDRIACS.