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Are You a Cyberchondriac?

When you cross a hypochondriac with the Internet you get a cyberchondriac.

Those of us prone to take on the various symptoms we hear or read about, are particularly vulnerable to thinking we have all those diseases we research on the web. The Internet is a useful tool, but there is a lot of information with little context provided, making it easy for the impressionable to jump to conclusions. In fact, in the year 2000, the American Medical Association (AMA) sent a press release asking patients to make a resolution not to go online and surf their symptoms, because so many people were concluding that they had MS or various cancers.

So, I am curious . . .


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