Cyberchondria — yep I've got that!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Cyberchondria — yep I've got that!
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Mon, 10-14-2013 - 4:06pm

"For people who don't like uncertainty, searching for medical information online could set them on a downward spiral. As they pore through websites looking for answers —and along the way, finding out all the possible ways things could go wrong in the body —they become increasingly more anxious, according to a new study.

Many people search the Internet for medical information. But for some people, such searching is linked with increased anxiety, a phenomenon researchers call cyberchondria, the online version of hypochondria."

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Oh I so have this! Anyone else here do this? I can worry myself into a stupor by "researching" medical issues on Google. ;)

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Sun, 10-27-2013 - 9:36am

I have had symptoms of every disease known to mankind. If I read about it, suddenly I develop it. I can read that something involves pain in the legs and with in hours of reading about it, I'll get pain in the legs. I can't stop it.

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 10-27-2013 - 11:30am

;)...

Nightangel
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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 2:39pm

phyllisjs1 wrote:

I have had symptoms of every disease known to mankind. If I read about it, suddenly I develop it. I can read that something involves pain in the legs and with in hours of reading about it, I'll get pain in the legs. I can't stop it.

Oh interesting! I'm not that bad, per se. If it's brain/head related and I already have a lump/bump/pain, then I get über worried about what it could be though. I blame most of this on my son. He was born with an undiagnosed brain malformation so he ended up in the hospital having emergency surgery when he was a few days past 1yo. Ever since then it's like the naiveté has disappeared and I now know that anything is possible. :(