Ever heard of CyberChondria?
Don’t Google it, yet! If you have, good for you. But if you haven’t, then allow me, but answer these questions:
Have you ever googled your health symptom?
Or researched a health issue for your relative(s) online?
Do you do this every time you notice these issues?
Finally, does it make you anxious/scared when you are led to believe that your symptoms are worse than imagined?
If you answer yes to these questions, then I am afraid to break this to you, but you have CyberChondria!
According to Business Insider, CyberChondria was coined in the early 2000s. So, it’s not new but has slowly become a thing, given the way people are glued to the Internet. In the literal sense, a cyberchondriac is a person who compulsively searches the Internet for information about real or imagined symptoms of illness.
So, for every time you ‘research’ your symptoms (real or imagined), diagnose yourself from the results and then worry yourself sick about a condition you are convinced you have, then you should check it because chances are it could lead to a bigger problem.
Now, even though search engines could be helpful, I have stopped clicking on website links about health symptoms:
Except for the ones provided by Google, which is quite generic.
Most importantly, if you notice a health issue, consult a real doctor instead of Dr. Google.
So, do you have CyberChondria?