cyberchondria


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cy·ber·chon·dri·a

(si'bĕr-kon'drē-ă),
The false belief that one is suffering from a disease that was learned about on the Internet or on a specific Website.
[cybernetics, fr. G. kybernētikos, skilled in governing or piloting, + [hypo]chondria]
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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. Further, 63% of the respondents said they never misdiagnosed themselves when looking for medical information on the internet, while 67% of the respondents felt they were better informed as patients by conducting their own research, and 65% trusted the information they uncovered.
Although cyberchondria is not a medical term, obsessive searching for symptoms online is a form of 'health anxiety', the umbrella term for conditions like hypochondria.
'Indeed, the health profession has coined the phrase 'cyberchondria' for people using the internet for self diagnosis and presenting this misinformation to their GP.'
DOCTORS have diagnosed a new breed of time-wasting patients as suffering from 'cyberchondria'.
Another study conducted in 2008 by Microsoft called "Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search" claimed that the internet had the potential to fuel anxieties in people, handing over large volumes of information to those who have little or no medical training to process that information.
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.
Washington, Oct 13 ( ANI ): For people who search the internet to find out what ailments you could be having, "cyberchondria" - the online counterpart to hypochondria - worsens as they seek answers, a new study suggests.
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.