Most people have had a friend like that chicken. Everyone gets worried about their healthoccasionally, but when it causes impairment of functioning it becomes a disorder.
Its easy to get frustrated with someone who isalways sick or constantly thinks they are going todie, but ignoring them or telling them theyre crazy isnt the solution.
HypochondriasisDefined as “a DSM Checklist somatoform disorder 1. Preoccupation with fears or in which people beliefs that one has a serious disease, based on mistakenly fear that misinterpretation of bodily 2. Persistence of at least six minor changes in their symptoms, lasting preoccupation despite physical functioning months. appropriate medical evaluation 3. Absence of delusions. and reassurance. indicate a serious disease” 4. Significant distress or impairment.
Internet and anxietyAccording to WebMD becoming a hypochondriac has become much easier than it used to beThe internet can provide easy access to medical information, but this works against hypochondriacs
CyberchondriaHas been loosely defined as...“the deluded belief you suffer from all the diseases featured on the internet”“Internet print out syndrome”“hypochondriacs who have a strong, obsessive compulsive focus to their symptoms”
According to a leading researcher on hypochondria, 90% of hypochondriacs with internet access become cyberchondriacsMicrosoft researches did a study in 2008 and concluded that “when a Web search is used to diagnose a symptom, it has the potential to increase the anxieties of users who dont have proper medical training or education”
Though it may take a long time, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies have proven effective in treating this disorder.