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Don't Ask Dr. Google - He's Not An Actual Doctor

CYBERCHONDRIA Calm down. Just because you have a headache, it doesn't mean you have a brain tumor. DON'T ASK DR. GOOGLE-SEE A DOCTOR! WHAT IS CYBERCHONDRIA? Using the web to worry over IMAGINED ILLNESS WITH EXAGGERATION OF SYMPTOMS CHANCES ARE YOU'RE A CYBERCHONDRIAC (at least a little) 8 out of 10 internet users LOOK ONLINE FÖR HEALTH INFORMATION 1 out of every 20 Google searches is health related But 75% of searchers do not check the source of the info or the date it was created Ranked #3 most popular online activity % of adult internet users who have searched health issues online in last 12 months Specific disease or medical problem Specific medical treatment or procedure 19 O How to lose weight or how to control your weight O Health insurance, including private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid WHAT HEALTH ISSUES ARE PEOPLE Food safety or recalls 25 SEARCHING FOR ONLINE? 27 WHAT'S WRONG WITH SEARCHING FOR YOUR SYMPTOMS? Numbers in Percentages MARKETERS THAT ARE NOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS USE YAHOO ANSWERS & WIKIPEDIA, AND IT'S EASY TO FALL INTO THEIR TRAPS! 55 GOOGLE INSTANT SEARCH WILL SHOW YOU COULD FIND SEARCH RESULTS FOR CURES THAT YOU PROBLEMS YOU WEREN'T EVEN THINKING ABOUT don't exist Do I have? SEARCH Do I have anxiety Do I have depression Do I have diabetes Do I have ADHD Do I have the flu WAY TYNE & WEAR ARCHIVES & MUSEUMS WRONG? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOOGLE SEARCHES GO WRONG "Google Flu Trends" fail 2009 2010 2014 Google began tracking searches related to Reported as 25% less accurate overestimating than the CDC Accused of treatment of the flu flu trends by in an effort to predict flu epidemics around 50% TYNE & WEAR ARCHIVES & MUSEUMS Risky Unreliable Research 11 Researchers searched for advice on and analyzed the first 100 search results for 500 different sites Were completely incorrect 5 COMMON PEDIATRIC QUESTIONS Contained correct information Failed to answer the question at all 39 Harvard Weighs the Risks of Symptom Checkers 49 34% of cases listed the CORRECT DIAGNOSIS ON THE FIRST TRY Researchers created standardized lists of symptoms used to teach and test medical students and input them into 23 SYMPTOM CHECKERS of the critical/urgent cases CORRECTLY RECOMMENDED EMERGENCY CARE 80% Paranoia Problems According to research from Microsoft's research division 25% OF WEB SEARCHES ONLY 002% - OR <1 IN 50,000 PEOPLE DEVELOP BRAIN TUMORS FOR "HEADACHE" POINTED TO A BRAIN TUMOR AS A POSSIBLE CAUSE Being a Hypochondriac Isn't a Choice! Develops typically in the 20s - 30s • Affects men and women equally • Becomes an integral part of your identity • May occur after bouts of depression or generalized anxiety disorder • May ruin doctor/patient relationships and cause distrust for both parties • Stress that accompanies a sufferer's worry can escalate symptoms • The distress hypochondriacs feel is very real-though sometimes its origin is hard to pinpoint! Estimates show that hypochondriac patients spend around $20 BILLION/YEAR ON UNNEEDED TESTS, MEDICINES, AND MORE! How Should You Deal With Dr. Google? FIND BETTER 2 INFORMATION SOURCES START GOOGLING AFTER YOU'VE SEEN A DOCTOR Look for credible, certified, and timely info as you search for specific symptoms Once you have a diagnosis to work with-you'll get better results! e.g., National Health Service, Mayo Clinic, CDC, US National Library of Medicine 3 GET HELP OFFLINE 5 JUST STOP GOOĞLING • Pharmacists can be a great in-person resource • Friends, families, and support groups can help calm fears 4 BE PROACTIVE • Pharmacists can be a great in-person resource • Friends, families, and support groups can help calm fears INFORMATION IS ADDICTIVE MORE INFORMATION doesn't equal ACCURATE INFORMATION Source 6/15/anline-medical-searches Presented by: MASTERSINPSYCHOLOGYGUIDE.COM mip// https://www.england nhs. http://healthresearchfunding org/unbelieveable-hypochondria-statistics uk/tis/our-members/certified-organisations html DEVELOPED IBY N NOWSOURCING

Don't Ask Dr. Google - He's Not An Actual Doctor

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Cyberchondria is the act of googling your symptoms and working yourself into a frenzy over the search results. Learn more from this infographic!


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