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FOX 29 Explores Cyberchondria

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We've all done it: you start to feel sick, and instead of calling the doctor, you decide to go on the computer and Google your symptoms.

However, in some cases, you can actually start to feel worse, even if nothing's wrong!

It's being called "cyberchondria."

It starts when you go online, go to a search engine or one of those medical websites and start researching your symptoms. The problem is, minor things like a headache or "cold-like symptoms" could be found in a variety of different diseases. A user often clicks around and gets to something very serious, like brain cancer.

When you get results like that, researchers say that you start to pay more attention to your body and can actually psych yourself out to feel worse than you really are.

Not only that, but doubts about your health can then trigger even more stress, like worrying about potential medical bills, losing your job, and even becoming disabled.

How do you avoid all that drama? The bottom line is: if you're really sick, or worried about your health, see a doctor. And, like FOX 29's Doctor Mike always says, "The person who treats himself, treats a fool".

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