Take a look at some of the links below if you are interested in learning more about Cyberchondria. This section will be periodically updated with new material - users may send in suggestions at the bottom of the page.
Last updated: December 18, 2018
Cyberchondria in the News
Cyberchondria in Literature
2001: http://bbc.in/2jJnRGn - This BBC News article is one of the earliest mentions of the term "Cyberchondria" in a major publication.
2001: http://bit.ly/2jKFoKl - Published in the Independent, this article is another one of the earliest mentions of Cyberchondria.
2016: http://cnn.it/2iMvms9 - This CNN article shows how to find out if you've become a "cyberchondriac."
2018: https://nyti.ms/2ME8Pgt - This piece discusses cognitive behavioral therapy's potential for treating health anxiety.
2018: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7785632/google-fuels-hypochondria-health-conditions/ - An article on the internet's role in health anxiety.
2008: Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search - This 2008 research performed by Ryen White and Eric Horvitz of Microsoft provides an comprehensive look at how online search engines have the potential to escalate user's medical concerns. (
2013: Cyberchondria: Towards a Better Understanding of Excessive Health-Related Internet Use - A well-written article on Cyberchondria, defining the condition as an"excessive or repeated search for health-related information on the Internet, driven by distress or anxiety about health, which only amplifies such distress or anxiety." (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23368807)
2016: The Cyber Effect - This popular cyberpsychology book by Mary Aiken discusses ways in which the internet changes human behavior. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to Cyberchondria. (http://www.maryaiken.com/cyber-effect/)
2018: Dr. Google Is a Liar (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/opinion/statin-side-effects-cancer.html)
2018: Always worried about your health? You may be dealing with health anxiety disorder (https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/always-worried-about-your-health-you-may-be-dealing-with-health-anxiety-disorder)
2017: Sick But Not Sick -An interesting review by Jerome Groopman on a book that focuses on how the mind can produce physical symptoms. (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/02/09/sick-but-not-sick/)
2017: 13 Things you know if you have health anxiety (http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/02/13-things-you-know-if-you-have-health-anxiety-6387355/#ixzz4XXhk4qUx)
2012: Safe Infant Sleep Recommendations on the Internet: Let's Google It - An article that assesses the quality of infant sleep safety found by internet searches (http://www.jpeds.com/content/JPEDSChung-Moon)
No More Panic - A website with a great deal of information regarding anxiety. This includes a forum in which users can interact, asking questions and sharing stories about their own anxiety. Though this forum is useful in terms of connecting with others, be aware that the actual medical information presented may not be the most accurate. (http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/)