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Wed May 8, 2013, 08:40 AM

Doctors Warn: Beware Of ‘Cyberchondria’ [View all]


MINNNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When something doesn’t feel right, many go online to search for information on what their symptoms might mean.

But some patients are over diagnosing themselves, and doctors are diagnosing this phenomenon as its own condition: “Cyberchondria.”

Cyberchondria is a growing trend in which a person spends hours online reading health websites, self-diagnosing, and stressing out.

According to Dr. Chris Balgobin of Fairview Clinics, one of the hardest parts of his job is to convince people that they don’t have what they think.

This is very interesting, and I've seen it happen in real life, too. It's so easy now to look up diseases and symptoms, but without a medical education, it's very difficult to evaluate what you've read.

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