When we don’t go to the doctor, or we have an irrational fear of visiting a healthcare professional, but we have concerns about our health, we can very easily go to our smartphone, and make contact with Doctor Google. For anybody who is already in a place of anxiety, this is not the best method. It can serve to make an already anxious person feel more than their fair share of anxiety. But when we have, for want of a better expression, an “allergy” to going to the doctor, what should we do to tackle these issues?
Taking Advantage Of Tech
On the one hand, Doctor Google can spiral our anxiety is out of control, we could use the abundance of virtual features to our advantage. Websites like the Concierge Medical private practice can mean that a medical specialist is able to come to you. It’s a very slippery slope, but rather than going via Doctor Google, instead, the best way, if you really have concerns, is to go via the trusted healthcare provider websites. The NHS, for example, can provide some information, but encourages you to contact them directly. And this is something we have to keep in mind.
Yes, it is easier said than done, but people who have continually looked at Doctor Google for a diagnosis have found themselves more anxious than before. Cyberchondria is a very real problem, and if we are to minimize this, we’ve got to figure out how to stop over-analyzing it within ourselves. The fact is looking up our symptoms on Google can seem like a harmless process, but as soon as we’ve started, it sends us down the rabbit hole.
Keep It In Perspective
Think about the websites you’re going to. Are they credible? If you are in a bind, and you are desperately looking for an answer to a problem, is the internet actually the real solution? Yes, there are websites like WebMD that can help, but they can only help you so much. They give you general background information, but the overriding goal is to keep everything in perspective. If you have a cold, and it’s been persistent for so long, is it anything more than this? It’s important to remember that something like a cold can last, the very minimum, two weeks, but could take a few months for it to disappear completely. Because of our over-anxious ways and easy access to the internet, we find that we can over-analyze every single thing.
The next time you think about going on Doctor Google for a diagnosis, it’s worth thinking again. Sure, if you have a concern about something, and you want to get some general background information, this can certainly help, but there is a difference between casually checking for information and reading so far into something that you think you have an abundance of illnesses! Hypochondria and cyberchondria are two sides to the same coin, and we need to remember this prior to our constant web browsing!