Cyberchondria: when the web gets to our head

: a man lying on his side in bed in the dark, his face lit up by the mobile phone he is looking at

Anyone who has ever gone online to look up symptoms or check on a health concern has likely found that the search for clarity, confirmation or reassurance can often lead to more anxiety and more questions. While the internet has the power to place a wealth of information at our fingertips and provide access to medical knowledge on an unprecedented level, knowing how to filter and use this information can be challenging.

“2am, can’t sleep. That little pain isn’t going away. What could it be? Is it worth going to the doctor? No, just forget about it…but wait…I’ll just look it up on the internet….” Anyone who has ever gone online to look up symptoms or check on a health concern has likely found that the search for clarity, confirmation or reassurance can often lead to more anxiety and more questions. While the internet has the power to place a wealth of information at our fingertips and provide access to medical knowledge on an unprecedented level, knowing how to filter and use this Read more