Why you should avoid over-Googling your symptomsThere are essentially two bad ways this can go: Either you overestimate your symptoms and end up taking the wrong medication or engaging in the wrong self-treatment, or you underestimate your symptoms and let a condition worsen.
Keeping this in view, why Googling symptoms is a bad idea?
It is the tendency of self-diagnosing yourself with medical conditions by searching for symptoms online, resulting in serious anxiety. Case in point, just look for any symptom online and it is bound to be linked with some form of tumour or cancer. It can also make you feel sicker than you actually are.
Similarly, can hypochondria make you feel symptoms?
“Hypochondriacs become their symptoms. “Many of the symptoms that hypochondriacs feel are often physical sensations caused by anxiety or depression that can go along with hypochondria. The constant worrying can release harmful stress hormones and do real physical damage.”
Can thinking you have a disease cause symptoms?
Illness anxiety disorder, sometimes called hypochondriasis or health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill. Or you may believe that normal body sensations or minor symptoms are signs of severe illness, even though a thorough medical exam doesn't reveal a serious medical condition.
Can worrying about health cause symptoms?
Related links. Illness anxiety disorder, sometimes called hypochondriasis or health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill. You may have no physical symptoms.