Have you ever looked up your symptoms on Google and then quickly regretted it? Because same.
The past few months have been an emotional rollercoaster of health issues. Google has been my frenemy through it all.
“If you look up one more symptom, I’m going to have to take your phone away,” my husband, Corban Lunt, says when I turn to my phone for some sort of comfort.
That’s the thing though, I should not be turning to my phone for comfort. When I do that, I type into Google what it means to have an unexplained cough and quickly find out that I’m already dead.
Obviously, that is overreacting, but too many people I know are plagued by what WebMD says about the symptoms they have. A simple search about a sore throat on Google could be turned into lung cancer in just a matter of seconds.
I am guilty of all of this. I am not perfect. I have almost gone insane because of the unhealthy amount of times I look up my symptoms on Google to back up my suspicion that I have something as crazy as meningitis, even though I have the vaccine.
Google should not be the place we go to when we do not know what is wrong with us. God is who we should turn to.
Ever since my weird symptoms started about three and a half months ago, I have received countless priesthood blessings. My faith has been shaken, but through it all, the one thing my blessings have said is, “Kambria, you will be healed.”
Why can’t I just believe that instead of speculating until I go insane? Because my faith is not as strong as it needs to be to get through this trial. Christ is willing to help me if I just ask him.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, about one to five percent of individuals are considered to be plagued by the mental disorder, hypochondria.
Hypochondria is the obsession of the idea that an individual has a serious but undiagnosed medical condition they do not know about.
Although that is not a huge percentage of the world population, that percentage is growing significantly due to the easy access of web diagnosis, according to WebMD.
“For hypochondriacs, the internet has absolutely changed things for the worse,” said Brian Fallon, MD, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, to WebMD.
Fallon said the phenomenon that combines hypochondria with the internet is called “cyberchondria.”
As the internet grows with more and more medical resources, we need to be aware of them, but also beware of them.
The only thing that can properly diagnose you are doctors, and the only thing you can find true comfort in is God. Do not let the internet be your doctor or your God.