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  • n. anxiety concerning one's health caused by visiting medical websites


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Blend of cyber- and hypochondria


  • We use the term cyberchondria to refer to the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomatology, based on the review of search results and literature on the Web.

    Information, Culture, Policy, Education: Cyberchondria: another way to fear the internets

  • Although Microsoft Word still underlines it in red, googling the word cyberchondriac provides 46,800 hits, and the term cyberchondria has had its own Wikipedia entry since June, 2005.

    Slaw » Resources for Cyberchondriacs » Print

  • The problem is compounded by my developing cyberchondria, which is a particularly 21st century-type of an affliction, referring as it does to the inflation of worries about your state of health based on material you have dredged up online.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Now Microsoft has completed the first formal study of health-related Web searches, and the rise of so-called cyberchondria: the distress caused by searching innocuous symptoms, and finding links that then quickly lead to extreme conclusions. pain would more likely lead to a link for the worst-case scenario like heart attack, than to the more mundane, "indigestion."

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Internet fuels bad self-diagnoses and 'cyberchondria' Top headlines

  • An example of "cyberchondria" is someone with a brain tumor.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • According to the NYTimes article, the syndrome has been known as "cyberchondria" since at least the year ...

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Although the term "cyberchondria" emerged in 2000 to refer to the practice of leaping to dire conclusions while researching health matters online, the Microsoft study is the first systematic look at the anxieties of people doing searches related to health care, Eric Horvitz said.

    Impact Lab

  • "When I think of Google I think of simplicity, subtle advertising," cyberchondria "(an Internet-induced fear of a terrible diagnosis) and cool innovation.

    Internet News: Google and EHR

  • "When I think of Google I think of simplicity, subtle advertising, "cyberchondria" an Internet-induced fear of a terrible diagnosis and cool innovation.

    Internet News: Health Archives


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  • cyberchondria, n.

    The Guardian, 9 October 2018:

    Among the issues they are hoping to explore are cyberhoarding – reluctance to delete information gathered online – and cyberchondria – compulsively using search engines and websites in the hope of finding reassurance about medical fears, only to self-diagnose further ailments.

    December 31, 2018

  • Access hypochondria.

    January 31, 2009

  • “If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.�?

    The New York Times, Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’ , by John Markoff, November 24, 2008

    November 26, 2008