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Cyberchondria (Compulsive Digital Usage Related to Health): An Overview


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Cyberchondria is one of the major concern now-a-days. Cyberchondria refers to the excessive and repeated digital health-related searching of information resulting in increased in anxiety. Such searches are compulsive and obsessional in nature. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberchondria became regular among population, as they surfed internet sites related to COVID-19 symptomatology, management etc. Surfing for digital information about symptoms and illnesses on the Internet is very common and very beneficial. However, now-a-days it is seen that this online surfing is distressing population making them more prone to hypochondriasis, panic attacks, anxiety and non-compliance with treatment. Cyberchondria management is the major among health care professionals.

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Cyberchondria, Online Health Information Searches, Hypochondriasis, Problematic Internet Use.
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Varsha Thakur
Lecturer, Psychiatric Nursing, Chamunda Institute of Medical Sciences and Nursing College, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
Shivani Guleria
Lecturer, Psychiatric Nursing, Chamunda Institute of Medical Sciences and Nursing College, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Abstract


Cyberchondria is one of the major concern now-a-days. Cyberchondria refers to the excessive and repeated digital health-related searching of information resulting in increased in anxiety. Such searches are compulsive and obsessional in nature. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberchondria became regular among population, as they surfed internet sites related to COVID-19 symptomatology, management etc. Surfing for digital information about symptoms and illnesses on the Internet is very common and very beneficial. However, now-a-days it is seen that this online surfing is distressing population making them more prone to hypochondriasis, panic attacks, anxiety and non-compliance with treatment. Cyberchondria management is the major among health care professionals.

Keywords


Cyberchondria, Online Health Information Searches, Hypochondriasis, Problematic Internet Use.

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