Cyber-chondriacs, listen up!

Okay, so to be fair this is not directly related to sex but a patient brought it to my attention and I thought it was so great, I thought I’d share it on our blog.

There seems to be a new “condition” out there: cyberchondriact. We see A LOT of that in our practice.

A cyberchondriac is someone who has a symptom, runs to the computer and decides that they are suffering from at least five major conditions.

A cyberchondriac is someone who goes onto the internet to look up the medications before they start taking them and are convinced that they will have every possible side effect.

A cyberchondriac is someone who looks up every possible treatment for every possible condition and wants to review every one of them with their physician.

I have a confession. I am somewhat of a cyberchondriac. So I can sympathize with my patients who are too…But you know what?? It’s driving me crazy!

Let’s all take a deep breath and remember what the critics of the web are saying: ” information is different than knowledge,” “too much information is a dangerous thing,” “sometimes a pickle is just a pickle.”

Get good information, process it slowly and turn it into knowledge using all the right tools. It’s better for your health!

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