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But using the internet for diagnosing your maladies leads to problems of its own. According to the survey, 15 percent of respondents reported giving themselves anxiety — also known as “cyberchondria” — from checking their symptoms online.
“The internet is a fantastic source of medical information, but in the hands of patients who have trouble handling uncertainty, it can be endangering,” a spokesperson for the law firm said in a news release. “If you have symptoms, don’t put off going to the doctor because you have consulted the internet — it’s always best practice to seek a professional diagnosis.”
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If you think Ohio’s percentage of internet medical sleuths seems high, at least the Buckeye State isn’t as bad as Arkansas. According to the report, 83 percent of respondents from the state said they look online for diagnoses as opposed to a doctor. On the opposite end of the spectrum, only 13 percent of respondents from Oregon said they’d turn to the internet for medical advice.