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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This is supported by a rise in cases of cyberchondria - a state of medical anxiety caused by online symptoms checks which have been predicted to cost the NHS in the region of [pounds sterling]420million every year*.
Google doesn't know best: search engine self-diagnosis and 'cyberchondria'.
cyberchondria. It is a condition when the patient searches the symptoms online and correlates it to something complex.
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.
Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria? Media, Culture & Society, 28(4), 521-539.
CYBERCHONDRIA, where people look up symptoms on the internet, could be fuelling rates of health anxiety, experts say.
The term "cyberchondria" has now been coined due to people often grossly misdiagnosing themselves as a result of scouring the Internet looking for information to alleviate their fears regarding ailments and often finding their symptoms coinciding with what someone may suffer from facing a far more serious affliction.
* Cyberchondria: An affliction whereby one researches and diagnoses their own medical condition through online research.
The word cyberchondria seems to be a real word now, not something weird out of Dr Who.
Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search.