Anytime you make a decision on whether to go to a doctor when you're sick, you're engaging in some form of self-diagnosis. "Self-triage" may be a better term for it, but if you want to get technical only doctors and nurses are qualified to tell us when to come see them. The real world just doesn't work that way, and the internet can be a good tool when a person is deciding whether or not they need to go to the doctor or let their bodies heal themselves.
I used to get all worked up by what I saw on the internet, but after several years and quite a bit of effort, my anxiety disorder has improved in general. Now I can look on the internet for basic health information, even when anxious. In fact, a lot of what I read actually calms me down. The thing is, there's lots of stuff we need to know about, such as how to control cholesterol and a million other things.
I do have health anxiety and it wasn't that long ago that I couldn't look at WebMD or whatever, so I understand that a lot of people here aren't yet at the point at which they can utilize this information. But there is hope for them. I dislike labels like "cyberchondria". It's a perfectly valid concept, but the problem with labels is that they tend to stick. We are all trying to free ourselves. Cyberchondria is just one aspect of health anxiety, which is just one aspect of an anxiety disorder. It doesn't deserve its own label. If a person makes progress with their anxiety in general there's no reason they cannot someday visit health websites, which do offer valuable information on how to take care of our bodies.
yeah you have a point, it can be a useful tool but I'm speaking from experience you know? found this and that and told my doc and it wasen't any of that, like when I just had gas I thought it was appendicitis because of webMD and I wasted money going to the ER for it
I say fump it ( we can't curse on these forums right?) before I had anxiety any little pain or something I'd brush it off and go on, I remember one time I worked out so intense I threw up hardcore and was blacking out big time but I didn't sweat it AT ALLL now with anxiety dude I'd be calling 911 so fast I'd break the speed of light
I'd rather, if it's allowed, not worry about
it anymore and just take care of myself the best I can, like I used to and I'm certainly not going to get there googleing a little redness on my hand or a stuffy nose accompanied by a headache in the back of my head or something