If you're the type of person who needs definitive answers, you might want to stop searching online for health information. According to the results of a new study, certain people who scour the Web for answers to their medical problems may in fact end up worried sick.
That's because when they have what's called "cyberchondria," a state of anxiety related to health research on the Internet, it can get worse as reliable information is sought, but not necessarily found. We've all heard of, and perhaps even experienced, hypochondria -- this is the version for the online world.
"If I'm someone who doesn't like uncertainty, I may become more anxious, search further, monitor my body more, go to the doctor more frequently -- and the more you search, the more you consider the possibilities," Thomas Fergus, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Texas, said in a press release. "If I see a site about traumatic brain injuries and have difficulties toleratingRead More »from Warning: Searching Online for Health Info Can Make You Sick