In 2013, McElroy and Shelvin developed the Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS), a multidimensional measure of Cyberchndria. The two determined that Cyberchondria had five factors:
1. Compulsion - The online health searching is an unwanted behavior.
2. Distress - The behavior causes the user negative emotions such as stress, worry, and panic.
3. Excessiveness - The behavior is repetitive and/or takes up an unnecessary amount of time.
4. Reassurance Seeking - Affected individuals desire reassurance from a more qualified individual.
5. Mistrust of Medical Professional - The affected individual is not comforted by advice from a health professional.
Click here to take the survey and see where you stand on each of these five factors. After completing and submitting your score, scroll to the bottom of the page to see where you stand:
Your response is completely anonymous.
Last updated: December 8th, 2019
What does my score mean?
This survey was created to give users an idea of whether or not they are affected by internet-induced health anxiety. Each question has a set of four numbered responses, with the responses increasing in Cyberchondria severity. Thus, response (1) represents the least severe condition for a particular factor, whereas response (4) represents the most severe condition.
The survey can be interpreted as follows:
6-12: Users with scores in this range are likely not affected by internet-induced health anxiety.
13-18: Users in this category may be prone to some internet-induced health anxiety.
19-24: Users with scores in this range likely suffer from substantial internet-induced health anxiety.
Note: Your score on this survey should not be used as any kind of "diagnosis." Rather, see a health professional if you're concerned that you have severe health anxiety.
Sources used for this page:
1. Mcelroy, E.; Shevlin, M. The Development and Initial Validation of the Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS). Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2014, 28 (2), 259–265.