What is cyberchondria

Cyberchondria - A 21st Century Pandemic?

It is difficult to find someone who is indifferent to their health. And in our age of advancement and prosperity of science, medicine is way ahead: the diseases from which it died in the last century are now being treated successfully.

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Cancer development can be seen and cured at the earliest when everything can still be repaired. If you have a lot of money, I have to say a lot, you can be "replaced" with failed kidneys, liver, and more, which generally works wonders.

And of course, these days there is no longer any need to go to the library or bookstore for a medical guide or encyclopedia that tells you about the various diseases, their symptoms, and how to treat them. Just visit the dedicated website and find out about the disease you are interested in, or just go ahead and the search engine will show its own symptoms and the system itself will give you a list of the diseases you might have. This is where the most interesting part starts, when all the benefits of affordable medicine drift into sleepless nights and joyless days in Impressive and Suspicious People. It seems like he was just bothering about his health, wondering what might have to do with headache, bone pain, cough, etc., and found in himself such diseases that you will die from, if not in the coming ones Days, then weeks. Of course, in the list the search engine gave you, there have been ailments that are easy to deal with, but you definitely have something serious and very neglected!

And now a man is convinced that he is really suffering from something incurable, falling into a deep depression, no longer interested in life and what can be interesting there if he lives a little. Even more interesting: A person spends all of his free time looking for confirmation that he is really ill with this disease, looking for forums of friends when he is unfortunate, chatting there or just reading their posts and the idea that he is doomed to reaffirm even deeper.

Only a small percentage of cyberchondricks get the idea to see a doctor and consult a specialist, as some of them simply do not doubt the correctness of the self-diagnosis, while others, paradoxically, are afraid of having the diagnosis confirmed by a competent doctor. Doctors, yes doctors, since he will not be limited to a specialist, he begins to methodically conduct a series of examinations to reconfirm his wound. And if a study showed that everything is normal and there is no disease, then according to Cyberchondrick, it is a mistake in the laboratory, ultrasound or MRI machine, but not a mistake in self-diagnosis. Of the small percentage of cyberchondria that go to the doctor, it should be mentioned that those who have been examined and received professional advice believe that it is really healthy. But there won't be a happy ending either, because the internet is full of information on a wide variety of diseases, and tomorrow a person will find symptoms of a new, necessarily fatal or difficult to cure disease, and everything will go in a vicious cycle, the scenario of which is above is described.

Of course, the availability of medical information is a boon to a person in our time, but everything should be dosed. And of course you don't have to make your own diagnoses (it's not in vain that people study at the institute for 6 years!) And replace online consultations with personal visits to the doctor. And if you've joined the cyberchondricks and can't get out of them, this is where you need the help of a specialist, not an oncologist, neurologist, ENT specialist, etc., but a psychologist. Don't pull it out, because cyberchondria cannot poison your life any worse than the diseases you are looking for.

PS I purposely did not contaminate the text with the definition of "cyberchondrick" because I hope that without it it is clear who it is.