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 Mental health has always been an under-rated topic in India.
People don’t like the idea of talking about their mental illness let alone the
mental illness of others. However, it is one of the most important parts of any
individual’s live because if someone suffers from a mental illness, an impact
is caused on their day-to-day working. Mental illness is a health condition
that affects the emotions, thinking, or behaviour of a person. It is associated
with distress or problems related to the functioning in social, work, or a
family set-up. Sometimes mental illnesses can run in the family and can pass on
from genes to the future generations.

One such mental illness is Cyberchondria. The term
was first coined in 2001in an article in the United Kingdom newspaper to
describe ‘the excessive use of the internet health sites to fuel health
anxiety. Cyberchondria refers to a person’s anxiety regarding their health
which is created by the use of internet to search for medical information. It is
believed to affect more as the use of internet among people has been increased a
lot. Many people with the access to internet turn to it for their self
diagnosis as a vast of amount of information is available with only a few
clicks. For some the information may be true and relatable but for others it
can cause severe anxiety as the information they find online can get them to
worry too much.


It is likely for people with pre-existing anxiety and
depression to experience Cyberchondria. There is an enormous amount of
information available online however it is not always true or factual. Blogs or
online support groups provide information about any disease or any other topic
based on other people’s experiences which may not be fit for all. Many websites
prey on the fears of the people to deliberately sell them unapproved treatment
and earn loads of money. New mothers may also Google about their new babies and
find information that can be stressing making them prone to this disease.

These are the factors that convince people that they
suffer from some disease based on the common or vague symptoms. Sometimes such
symptoms can be of some normal flu but the internet and provide an exaggerated
result due to which people get anxious. People who suffer from Cyberchondria are
known to be hyper aware of their bodies and the misinformation can increase
their anxiety which can make their symptoms worse.


There are some simple steps that people with Cyberchondria
may use to cope up with the illness like the first being to restrict the use of
internet and avoiding it to search information regarding your health problems
or to only look for information from trusted sites that provide data which is
scientifically and medically approved. Also it is important to lead a healthy
lifestyle which includes proper sleep, regular exercise, good nutrition, and
other things for good health; one can also schedule a routinely checkup with their
doctor and if they face symptoms that linger on for a few days, then they
should go and seek help from a doctor rather than going to internet and
performing a self diagnosis as a doctor is a more reliable source than

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