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GAGA FOR GOOGLE – THE RISKS OF ONLINE SELF-DIAGNOSIS

Last updated 5 years ago

In the internet age where everything is at your fingertips, it is easy to have a few symptoms and plug them into Google to try to find out what is wrong. After all, it is easier than making an appointment with your doctor.  Before taking the easier route, consider the following:

  • Perception of Too High of a Risk: you check your symptoms and they all align with a severe disease or disorder, leading you to believe you are likely to have a grave illness
  • Perception of Too Low of a Risk: you check your symptoms and they do not align with anything leading you to believe that you are fine when there could actually be something seriously wrong

Additionally, there are quite a few inaccuracies within these medical websites for self-diagnosis. While it is important to be invested and interested in your health and to want to learn more, if you have doubts, visit a doctor. Trained medical professionals can provide you with a comprehensive exam, include testing if deemed necessary. They can also prescribe medication on the spot to start helping improve symptoms right away! If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to call your doctor’s office and explain what you have been experiencing and ask if it’s worth the visit. Keeping the lines of communication open with your trusted health care providers will help them better help you.

Stay healthy, stay informed and stay connected… with your doctor. 

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