Britain’s epidemic of cyberchondria: Surge in unnecessary health fears among patients who have self-diagnosed themselves online

The rise of ‘cyberchrondriac’ patients who self-diagnose from online searches has caused a surge in unnecessary health fears, experts have warned.

The problem is becoming ‘remarkably common’, with many visiting hospitals with exaggerated concerns after researching their condition via ‘Dr Google’ or reading about a celebrity’s health problems.

Experts yesterday revealed they estimate that up to one in five outpatients in hospitals across the country could have a condition called health anxiety, which leads them to excessively analyse their health.

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