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Cyberchondria Worse For Those Who Fear The Unknown
2013-10-09 09:48:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many of us turn to the Internet to find out what ails us when we are sick. For people who have trouble handling uncertainty, however, "cyberchondria" - the online equivalent to hypochondria - becomes worse as they seek answers. "If I'm someone who doesn't like uncertainty, I may become more anxious, search further, monitor my body more, go to the doctor more frequently -- and the more you search, the more you consider the...


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