cyberchondria


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cyberchondria

(ˌsaɪbəˈkɒndrɪə)
n
(Psychiatry) unfounded anxiety concerning the state of one's health brought on by visiting health and medical websites
[c21: from cyber(space) + (hypo)chondria]
ˌcyberˈchondriˌac n, adj
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Cyberchondria has been around for almost a decade, but in the last couple of years, the numbers are growing very rapidly.
The new wave has inspired a new phenomenon called cyberchondria, a state of medical anxiety, caused by researching a medical illness or symptoms.
Cyberchondria - - health anxiety caused by looking symptoms up online - - is being blamed for countless unnecessary appointments.
CYBERCHONDRIA, where people look up symptoms on the internet, could be fuelling rates of health anxiety, experts say.
The word cyberchondria seems to be a real word now, not something weird out of Dr Who.
EVERYONE gets the odd ache and pain now and again, but if you constantly turn to the internet for a diagnosis you could actually be suffering from a type of mental illness - cyberchondria.
According to the American Medical Association (AMA), cyberchondria is on the rise ("Cyberchondria: The One Diagnosis Patients Miss," Christine S.
The loss of an almost flawless right calf to a burn mark, two abscesses, and weirdly permanent mosquito bites, as well as the loss of productivity and cheer for almost three weeks because of malaria, paratyphoid C, allergies and respiratory troubles, and another bout of malaria, were more worrisome, not just leaving me with a weaker body but also afflicting me with cyberchondria.