If You Spend Too Much Time Searching for Symptoms Online, You Might Be a Cyberchondriac (and That’s Not Good)

If someone feels pain or discomfort in any part of their body, they usually check their symptoms online to get an idea of what the cause could be. Sometimes this helps clear up their doubts quickly and the majority of people know that even if what they read online is published by specialists, it shouldn’t be taken as a personalized medical diagnosis.

In the case of “cyberchondria,” however, people believe that this search is enough and so they start the habit of googling any possible “symptom” on the web to basically diagnose themselves.

Bright Side wants to tell you all about this problem and the possible treatments for cyberchondria; a disorder originated by the misuse of the internet for medical purposes.

Anxiety reflected as cyberchondria

Nowadays, doctors are dealing with patients who claim to have a brain tumor just because they have a headache. The cause of this phenomenon is the self-diagnosis they make after researching signs,

If You Spend Too Much Time Searching for Symptoms Online, You Might Be a Cyberchondriac (and That’s Not Good)

symptoms, and disorders online. Cyberchondria is a condition in which people make a self-diagnosis of diseases, in many cases, severe conditions, after conducting an online search that only follows their criteria. This increases their anxiety and makes the job of health care professionals more complicated.