Since the dawn of time people have worried about their health. From concerns over a funny heart beat, to feeling dizzy or just a constant feeling of tiredness. When we feel unwell we head out to the doctor. At least, that is what we used to do. Things have changed a little now we have the Internet. Google has given us all the power of a degree in medicine and we are diagnosing our own ills and the illness of our nearest and dearest.
Let’s make it clear from the offset that self diagnosis is not a good thing. Whilst it can be great, after a doctor tells you what is wrong with you, to use the Internet and getting yourself anxious and primed for a panic attack. You may also go the opposite way and decide you are worrying about nothing, when in reality you could be delaying a diagnosis which could save your life, such as with ovarian cancer.
Another issue is using the Internet to diagnose someone else. Perhaps you are struggling with a particularly difficult partner, after a few days on google you could convince yourself they are suffering from a personality disorder. This isn’t healthy for your relationship and you aren’t going to improve anything by presenting your partner with an Internet diagnosis suggesting they have mental health issues.
If you feel anything is wrong, even if it is something really subtle, don’t delay it. Head to your doctor and get some advice. We shouldn’t take chances with our bodies. There are very few doctors who will mind you coming in, especially if you are worried and most of them will be happier if you leave with nothing wrong with you at all.
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