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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Ravi Gaur agrees and says, "Cyberchondriac, a term that describes a growing number of otherwise rational internet users who land up with unfounded anxiety concerning the state of their health brought on by visiting health and medical websites.
I call myself a cyberchondriac because there is all this information and you can worry yourself to death.
Don't be a cyberchondriac It's easy for mild concern to turn to blind panic as you spot links between your symptoms and some rare and untreatable disease, but put the risks into perspective.
If you are obsessive about searching for healthcare information, you may be a "cyberchondriac," defined by Oxford Dictionaries as "a person who compulsively searches the Internet for information on real or imagined symptoms of illness" (oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/cyberchondriac).
A cyberchondriac is someone who searches medical websites for diseases they convince themselves they have.
If you look up symptoms online and then panic at the diagnosis, or rather 'search results', it's possible you're displaying the hallmarks of a cyberchondriac.
Cyberchondriac Someone who'll diagnose themselves with a serious disorder because they'd rather consult a medical page than a real-life doctor
and that I was in danger of turning into a cyberchondriac. GPs are being deluged with people who have self-diagnosed on the internet.
Don't be a cyberchondriac! It's easy for mild concern to turn to blind panic as you spot links between your symptoms and some rare and untreatable disease, but put the risks into perspective.
AS a report warns of the dangers of diagnosing your illnesses on Wikipedia - with nine out of 10 entries factually incorrect - we asked a serial cyberchondriac if the findings would force her to change her ways AS I read the report, the anxiety crept up from my gut to my neck, kicking off nausea, palpitations and leaving behind a red, blotchy trail.
Cheesepodding Filling your generic mp3 player with downloaded songs so cheesy you'd never bring yourself to buy them in a shop Crackberry A complete inability to stop checking a handheld Blackberry even at the most inopportune of moments Cyberchondriac