Cyberchondria: An Epidemic of Online-Induced Anxiety
The plethora of medical information right at people’s fingertips has made self-diagnosis difficult to resist. Instead of alleviating worry, it has given rise to cyberchondria, the online equivalent of hypochondria. Sufferers of the condition habitually scour forums, blogs, and sites like WebMD for hours in search of the latest ailment to befall them. They may believe they have several distinct illnesses and check the internet multiple times a day despite otherwise being in good health.