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'Internet fuels health anxiety'.

CYBERCHONDRIA, where people look up symptoms on the internet, could be fuelling rates of health anxiety, experts say.

Health anxiety is estimated to cost the NHS more than PS420 million a year in outpatient appointments alone, alongside the cost of tests and repeat GP appointments.

Researchers from Imperial College London (ICL) and King's College London are now calling for health anxiety to be more widely recognised as a condition.

Dr Helen Tyrer, a senior clinical research fellow at ICL, said the condition was characterised by fears that were not alleviated "despite all medical evidence to the contrary".

Prof Peter Tyrer of ICL said the prevalence of health anxiety was thought to be increasing due to the internet: "Dr Google is very informative but he doesn't put things in the right proportion."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 7, 2017
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