CNN has an interesting article on people being “cyberchondriacs”. The term refers to folks who research any symptom on the Internet, and being to believe (and be worried) that their disease is something much worse than it is. In other words, those who might jump from “having a headache” to “its a brain tumor”.
The article doesn’t discuss, however, a different form of cyberchondria. I would call this a drug cyberchondria. I know that I research any drug I will take, and then start to believe that any side effect will occur, even if it is a statistically negligable occurance. Do others do this?