Panning for nuggets 2

Source 1:

But Catherine is no more crazy than she is terminally ill. She is, however, a “cyberchondriac”, a term that describes a growing number of otherwise rational internet users who, when they present their symptoms to “Dr Google”, latch on to the worst “diagnosis” thrown back at them.

This nugget describes how cyberchondria is indeed becoming a thing. Hypochondria was what the illness was mainly referred too. But due to the fact that the internet and technology is being increasingly used by most, cyberchondria is a more correct term. This term describes how internet users will get caught up in researching about medical issues and get so caught up in it, they believe they have every illness in the book.

Source 2:

People with mood swings often think that they have manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder. However, mood swings are a symptom that can be a part of many different clinical scenarios: borderline personality disorder and major depression being two examples of other diagnoses. The clinician can help you discern whether you swing from normal to down or down to up, and by considering how long the mood swings last, the clinician can make the appropriate diagnosis. Here, the danger is that you may misdirect the clinician or even yourself.

This nugget describes how due to self-diagnosis, many errors can occur. In this example, this person is trying to self-diagnose themselves and this can lead to a lot of mistakes, especially when it comes to situations like mental illness. A doctor is needed for situations especially like this one, because diagnosing yourself with the wrong mental illness can lead to even more problems with your mental health.

Source 3:

Web sites such as WebMD and MayoClinic can provide valuable healthcare information to non-expert consumers about whether their perceived symptoms might indicate a serious condition, or whether such fears are unfounded. However, popular general-purpose Web search engines such as those provided by Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft are more frequently used by consumers to access online medical information.

This nugget describes how a lot of consumers will go to reliable sources for medical information. But there are a lot of that will go to search engines and inaccurate places online to find the information they’re looking for. This is a factor that leads to hypochondria. 


Source 1 provides a good basis description of Cyberchondria. It helps set up background knowledge that I can use to interpret the two other sources. It gives a good basic knowledge of this illness. The other two sources are similar to eachother in the way that they both discuss how self-diagnosis leads to errors and more wrong than good. Source 2 describes how it can be very harmful to try and determine what mental illnesses you might have by yourself without consulting a doctor. Source 3 is similar to source 2 in which it discusses how many internet users are turning to the internet to determine their illnesses, but aren’t always going to the best sources on the internet. They can be looking up false information by not visiting credible websites online.

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