Tyler , TX (KETK) — The internet is a great source... that is, if its used correctly.
Cyberchondria is an online hypochondria in which people obsess over their health online.
So how is this both good and bad?
Type in fatigue into the internet and results will most likely show the worst case scenarios first.
This often causes people unnecessary anxiety, distress, and money.
"Then that can terrify you and then you obsess over it and you've gone from I'm tired to looking up being tired on the internet to I have cancer and I'm going to die," said Dr. Benjamin Constante of Momentum Urgent Care.
Dr. Constante tells me people have come into his office with stacks of papers assuring him of their diagnosis..
"You know, you've convinced yourself of your diagnosis sometimes it leads you down a rabbit hole.. a lot of medical testing that you wouldn't have otherwise needed," said Constante.
However, if you keep an open mind when browsing on the internet, it can be beneficial.
Dr. Constante says the internet can be a great tool, but to always consult your doctor about any of your findings, and "it's a double edged sword, if used appropriately then its great, but if not then it can be a source of anxiety and frustration for people."